Written by David Olson, former SDSU Extension Community Development Program Director.
Horizons communities are more open to change, allow for diverse leadership in appointed and elected positions, and are inclusive as decisions are made. Horizons communities can be recognized by their attitude of building their strengths from within, yet having the knowledge and courage to seek resources as they address issues. Current residents living in Horizons communities can see progress in improving the quality of life there, and new residents enter into an atmosphere of cooperation and a positive outlook. Economic opportunities begin to present themselves due to the community spirit and its willingness to provide positive social and environmental experiences. More engaged people will be making decisions about improving their communities and how their energy will be spent there and in their state.