In part 2, Kitsinger continues with consideration of: targeted incentive tools; the need of a group to shepherd through the downtown plan; and the importance of gaining regional support.
How is it that some small towns and cities are prospering, while many others are suffering disinvestment, loss of identity, and even abandonment?
Why are some communities able to maintain their historic character and quality of life in the face of a rapidly changing world, while others have lost the very features that once gave them distinction and appeal?
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In Part 1, Andy Kitsinger focuses on four ingredients to building a healthy downtown: strong leadership; effective community engagement; a shared vision & implementation plan; and policy alignment & appropriate regulation.
The location of housing is especially important to older residents who need more options to connect and stay engaged in the community.
Confluence: a place where two rivers or streams join to become one | a situation in which two things come together or happen at the same time.
The City of Sartell takes steps towards redevelopment of the badly damaged paper mill property, while requiring compliance with an interim use permit and state environmental review.
Tom Miller concludes his article on citizen surveys by covering the importance of: asking the right persons; testing the survey; and then conducting the survey, checking for bias, and interpreting the results
Anita Rasmussen continues her three-part post about the Sartell paper mill with an account of the tragic Memorial Day explosion — and how the planning department and commission responded.
Part 3 of Miller’s article on citizen surveys considers how to select the target population; appropriate survey size; and questions to ask in surveys — and how to ask them. Includes sidebar on drawbacks in phone and web-based surveys.
For one hundred years a paper mill has been woven into the fabric of life of a small Minnesota city — employing generations of local residents. But industry trends do not bode well.
In Part 2, Tom Miller discusses his first three rules for conducting a citizen survey: determining why it is needed; how much to spend; and putting a team in place to develop and conduct the survey.