Crawford County (July 3, 2017) — A new survey is being circulated throughout Crawford County and members of the community are being encouraged to provide their honest feedback.
The survey is being conducted by Crawford County’s Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) Team to help our team discover where the greatest opportunities are to the community. Opportunity areas being addressed in the survey include the economy, leadership and quality of place.
“It is crucial that all areas of our community participate in the HCI survey,” said Christine Harbeson, a Crawford County HCI Core Team member. “This survey provides an opportunity for all of us to engage in designing the future of Crawford County. Due to the populations size of our county, it is imperative that we work together to make Crawford County a place where people want to live, work and retire.”
It was announced through a State-wide release on January 18, 2017 that Crawford County, with a population of less than 11,000 people, was one of two communities in the state of Indiana selected to participate in this program. The other community is the Town of Bremen with 4,600 residents. The HCI program is designed for “self-identified communities of 25,000 or fewer people who want to develop a new generation of local leaders; promote the launch, survival and growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs; or enhance the natural and physical assets of their hometowns,” according to the announcement.
As a participant in the program, Crawford County’s HCI Team has the assistance of representatives of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs in partnership with Ball State and Purdue universities. Each of the participating HCI communities will identify and implement a Capstone Project to help strengthen the resiliency of the community.
To help the HCI team with this important project, community members are encouraged to complete the survey at http://www.indianahci.org/Crawford. To assist the community with the online survey, Steering Committee members will be working in the Extension Booth at that Crawford County Fair during the afternoon/evenings of July 10 through 14 from 4-9, with added support on Senior Day, July 13 from 10-2:30. Laptops will be ready for community input and volunteers will be there to assist those who request help.
We need as many people as possible to take the online version of the survey. However, we recognize that not all residents have access to a computer or the Internet, so for individuals without internet access, a few paper copies of the survey are at local businesses and libraries.
Paper surveys can also be obtained by contacting the Community Foundation of Crawford County at 812.739.2616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one or pick one up. Online surveys are open July 9 (Fair Week) and need to be completed by August 13, 2017 (first full week of school).
We also ask that you join us at our Community Forum to hear the results of this survey and to give additional feedback on Crawford County as part of the Crawford County HCI effort on August 22, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., in the Clover Room, 4-H Community Park (across from Crawford County High School), 1095 IN-66, Marengo, IN 47140. Register for the Forum Online at www.indianaHCI.org/Crawford or register by Phone by calling (812) 739 – 2616.
For more information about the HCI program, community members can go to http://indianahci.org/Crawford .