The Survey is Now Closed

Your input will help local leaders shape the plan for the area’s future.

Over the next 25 years this region’s population is expected to grow by over 150,000 people. We’ll also need to adapt to driverless cars, a changing climate, artificial intelligence and job automation, political polarization, growing inequality, and a doubling of the aging population.

Change is happening fast and because these changes will affect our lives, we need to prepare and plan.

A Greater Madison Vision is a regional effort to do just that: create a plan for successful growth and development as change occurs over the next few decades.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes and shows four possible futures for the area. Throughout the survey Fast Facts links provide more information.

A Greater Madison Vision Survey

Part 1. Your Priorities

In this section you will rank the importance of the following four types of change.

Which of these changes should receive the most consideration when dividing resources such as time, money, or influence? Drag the one you think is most important to the top and rank the others under it. You may also click on the arrows to move each change up or down in importance.


Doubling of the aging population; increasing racial and ethnic diversity; changing housing and living preferences FAST FACTS


Driverless cars; job automation; artificial intelligence; ecommerce expansion FAST FACTS


Less social agreement across the state and country; less capacity for government to solve problems; reduced state and federal funding to local communities FAST FACTS

Environmental Changes

Climate change; water pollution; groundwater reduction FAST FACTS

Part 2. Four Alternative Futures

Next we present four alternative futures. Each describes a “what if” scenario: what if communities focused their resources on one of the big changes above. Each future lists actions that communities take and describes how those actions would affect growth and our well-being. You will select aspects of each future that you think are best for the region.

The four alternative futures are centered on these concepts:

  • Community

  • Innovation

  • Self-reliance

  • Conservation

FAST FACTS: How the alternative futures were developed and their limitations.