Ever wonder why we are called Communities of Excellence 2026? July 4th, 2026 (just ten years away) will be the 250th anniversary of our nation’s founding. There is no question that we are facing grand challenges in this country. These challenges are going to require a shift in the way we think, lead and make decisions as a country. It is our vision that the Communities of Excellence framework will be the catalyst that once again sets us on course to lead the world in health status, educational attainment and economic opportunity for our residents as we enter the second 250 years of our existence.
Our San Diego Pilot Community is making great progress. The first step on the community journey to performance excellence is the creation of a community profile. The profile serves as a snapshot of the community, to aid leadership in decision-making and their community's improvement journey. Last week we held a Community Profile Workshop for our partners at San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency. Led by Baldrige staff person Ellen Garshick, this workshop prepared our pilot team for the next step: Meeting with the Live Well San Diego Community Partners in our pilot region to begin compiling the profile information. Once we’ve met with this core group, we will expand into the community to resident groups, leaders, and anyone else we can to get the best representation of the region. It is going to be a huge undertaking – our pilot region consists of the Elementary school District Boundaries of Chula Vista and National City in the South region of the County – approximately 340,000 people!
Our second pilot in the implemenation phase is the 18 counties of Northwest Missouri. Led by the Northwest Missouri Regional Vitality Initiative and sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri, they have stepped up to support area leaders in ensuring the region’s economic competitiveness. The Initiative will use the Communities of Excellence 2026 framework, which is based on leadership and management principles developed by the National Quality Award Program known as the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework. These principles will guide the Initiative in aligning businesses, schools, and government so communities can begin to effect change.
I hope that you will continue to follow our progress in our San Diego County and Northwest Missouri pilot communities.
If you haven’t already, please view the Communities of Excellence Framework on our website. We welcome your comments!