Grand Foundation to share results of Grand County Needs Assessment
March 16, 2010
How do the people of Grand County see the place in which they live?
What are their experiences in Grand County?
What do the people of Grand County need in order to improve their lives in this unique mountain environment?
Those were the key questions presented to the people of Grand County in a recent needs assessment completed by the Grand Foundation, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners and the Grand County Needs Assessment Committee. These entities hired National Research Center Inc. to answer those important questions.
The answers are both surprising and informative. Using existing data, a mail survey, phone interviews, focus groups and similar-community comparisons, the needs assessment offers a wealth of information about what’s good in Grand County and about what’s needed to make it even better.
With this understanding of the important issues in the county, the Grand Foundation, the county commissioners and other governmental entities and groups can work together to improve Grand County in many ways.
It can help create a vision for the county that can buttress plans and planning efforts at the county and municipal levels. That planning, because of this assessment, will better meet the needs of county residents.
The assessment also helps government, planners and other groups look into the future and anticipate the future needs of county residents.
In the long run, all this will help sustain and improve the quality of life for Grand County residents now and in the future.
During the next few weeks, the Grand Foundation will be publishing a summary of the results of the needs assessment in the Sky-Hi Daily News. The goal is to inform the public about what the people in the county value and what they need to sustain those values into the future.
Watch for future articles that explore Grand County’s values and needs in areas such as the natural environment, quality of life, public safety, healthcare, transportation, housing, senior services, education, the economy, recreation, the arts and land use planning.