What should Eureka and Arcata focus on for the next year?

Do you live in Arcata or Eureka and have thoughts on what goals your city should be focusing on? Or maybe you have a vision for a project that you think would benefit your city? You’ll have a chance to provide your thoughts this week, with both towns holding online meetings focused on setting and implementing the city’s goals for the next few years. 

Arcata’s Community Development Department will host a virtual “Community Vision Listening Session” on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., which will include an overview from staff on the City’s Strategic Infill Redevelopment Program — a large-scale planning effort to support housing and economic development in the city.

“Community members will have the opportunity to brainstorm with City staff on a variety of topics identified in the previous listening session, and can provide feedback on how the City can implement their ideas regarding Arcata’s growth and development, neighborhoods and urban form, community engagement and community health, increasing art throughout Arcata, and environmental stewardship and sustainability,” says the City of Arcata on its website.

The City of Arcata also says that it also plans to hold a session in March for Spanish speaking residents and that more information will be provided on the website soon.

You can find more information and the zoom link to attend the session here.


For the City of Eureka’s part, the City will hold a “Strategic Visioning Workshop” during a special city council meeting on Friday, Feb. 26 at 1:00 p.m.  This is the fourth and final session of this workshop series attended by the mayor, council members and city staff. Members of the public are not able to participate directly in the workshop, but are able to provide feedback during the public comment period at 4:45 p.m.

The workshop consists of a series of guided activities and brainstorming sessions facilitated by an outside consulting firm. The results of the workshop are then summarized into a few actionable goals to guide the council’s decision making for the next year. You can view the results of the last few Strategic Visioning Workshops here.

Councilmember Kim Bergel encouraged everyone who is able to watch the workshops and provide feedback, which will be considered for the city’s goal setting process. “As a council, the decisions we make are based on our communications with the public,” Bergel told the Outpost. “This is our city and we all have to work together to make it better.”

You can find information on how to view the online workshop and participate in public comment here.