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Uncategorized Who lives, works, and plays here?

What Matters Most?

Meet the Mayor! As the City continues its engagement process, our next step focuses on collecting stories. Mayor Ackerman volunteered to show how easy and informative the process can be. You can watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Bt2CXkGWc4

We would love to hear your interpretation of the interview!

What does the Mayor’s story tell you?

What are the Mayor’s goals for Frankenmuth?

What are the Mayor’s concerns for Frankenmuth?

For me, the interviewer, the Mayor’s story tells me that she is passionate about Frankenmuth. What matters most to her is the unmatchable “Spirit of ‘Muth”. People support one another and their ideas for the overall greater good of the town. This is such an important characteristic because it offers the unique ability for the city to flourish and thrive.

In the future, the Mayor would like to see that the people of Frankenmuth are still continuing to come together. The community will continue to utilize this teamwork mentality to get things done. In doing so, the city will still be a place that is always wearing its “Sunday best” and is constantly being beautified.

The Mayor’s concerns for the city is that there are not enough opportunities for young families. To her, it matters that the city is multi-generational because this quality plays into the overall health of the city. Her hope is that in the future, there are many more opportunities for such young families to buy into the housing market.

Each interview has an “Ideas for Action” component. Once the interview is analyzed, a plan on how to achieve the subject’s hopes and overcome any concerns will be created. With many interviews, analyses, and ideas for action, Heart and Soul can develop a community created vision and the necessary steps to reach the it.

The Idea for Action that was developed from the Mayor’s interview is to use the collaborative mentality of the community to make more housing affordable to young families.

If you would like to give your own story and be interviewed, volunteer as the interviewer, or analyze someone else’s story, please contact heartoffrankenmuth@frankenmuthcity.com or (989) 652 3430 x 105.

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The power of storytelling

Some may wonder why Heart and Soul is working so hard to collect the stories of the community. What can come from knowing a small detail such as what it is that made someone move here? Well, if you gather enough “small details”, you can learn a lot about the community. Frankenmuth Heart and Soul works to gather the opinions of all residents in the city. This enables us to analyze hopes, wants, and concerns. From gathering a lot of these hopes, wants, and concerns, we can then understand trends which will develop into a future. While something can begin as one detail from someone, it can flourish into a vision for the future of Frankenmuth.

More differences that this can make are:
1. Put residents needs and hopes for the future in front of decision-makers
2. Bring a diverse community together
3. Unite people with similar interests
4. Enable local council to create plans based off of community desires
5. Bring light to issues that are close to community member’s hearts

For more examples, click here.

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Wishing Tree

Frankenmuth Wishing Tree

It is not just a tree – it’s a place of unity where the community comes together to share wishes for the future.

What is your wish for Frankenmuth? Write your wish down on a city tag and hang it up on the designated tree from April 15 – May 15. If you were not already given one, you can get a tag from the City Government Office, 240 W Genesee St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 and/or the Wickson Library, 359 S Franklin St #1598, Frankenmuth, MI 48734. To better gather the wishes, there is also a virtual tree. For your wish to be seen online on this virtual tree, click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KJ5N8SK, or scan the QR code at the tree.

If you post any pictures of the wishing tree or of your wish, please use #FrankenmuthWishingTree.

For any questions, please email ashleymcknight@frankenmuthcity.com or call (989) 652 – 3430 ext. 105.

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Who lives, works, and plays here?

Who lives, works, and plays here?

This is Frankenmuth

One of the largest aspects of Heart and Soul is understanding the community – those who live here, work here, and play here. That is why we are beginning a journey of story telling through our community.

The City of Frankenmuth is unlike any other place and our people posses that same uniqueness. We want to highlight and share that via interviews and photos.

Want to share your story? Know someone who should share theirs? Please give us a call at 989.652.3430 ext.105, or email heartoffrankenmuth@frankenmuthcity.com.

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Dear Neighbor

Dear Neighbor – August

This year is Frankenmuth’s 175th Anniversary. It is hard to imagine that the Frankenmuth that we know and love – the one filled with festivals, tourism, and famous chicken dinners – began with just 15 passionate settlers. August’s prompt is in partnership with the Frankenmuth Museum. For this prompt we are asking you to look into the past and/or the future to answer these questions:

What is your favorite memory in Frankenmuth?

What do you think/hope Frankenmuth will look like in another 175 years?

Please feel free to write more about any other thoughts and feelings that Frankenmuth’s 175th anniversary brings up.

The anonymous exchange stops once a new prompt is released.

Want to write back to your neighbor?

If you would like to continue corresponding with the writer of the letter you’ve just received, send a letter in response to City Hall 240 W Genessee St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734. Please include your return address in the body of your letter.

When we receive your letter, we will forward it to your neighbor. If they would also like to continue correspondence, they will write back to you directly.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please go to https://heartoffrankenmuth.wordpress.com, give us a call at 989.652.3430 ext.105, or email heartoffrankenmuth@frankenmuthcity.com.

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Dear Neighbor – July

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, people’s lives have been completely changed. What have you learned from the virus (Ex; a new skill, something about your community, something about the nation/world)? Is there anything that you are going to do differently as a result?

Please feel free to write more about any other thoughts and feelings that COVID-19 has brought up.

Letters must be mailed by July 17, 2020 to be exchanged.

Want to write back to your neighbor?

If you would like to continue corresponding with the writer of the letter you’ve just received, send a letter in response to City Hall 240 W Genessee St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734. Please include your return address in the body of your letter.

When we receive your letter, we will forward it to your neighbor. If they would also like to continue correspondence, they will write back to you directly.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please go to https://heartoffrankenmuth.wordpress.com, give us a call at 989.652.3430 ext.105, or email heartoffrankenmuth@frankenmuthcity.com.