Thrive 2055 Gathering Additional Input Via Online Survey

Monday, March 24, 2014

Continuing its work to engage people in 16 counties spanning Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, Thrive 2055 is asking the public to complete a brief survey. The survey is geared toward narrowing the project’s focus within the areas of Education and Training, Economic Development, Transportation, and Natural Treasures and is open online at now through April 21.

“This is one of several opportunities for people to help shape projects coming out of Thrive 2055 and its four initiative groups,” said Maggie Neff, Thrive 2055 Communications and Outreach coordinator. “The voices of people who live and work here are so important to the decision-making process, and we want to hear again from all the communities in our region.”

Now in its second year, Thrive 2055 already owes much of its progress to public feedback gathered during the project’s first phase. Last year, hundreds of people in the Thrive 2055 area shared their values and concerns through a series of small-group discussions called “Meetings in a Box,” public meetings, and an online survey. The results of that engagement helped form the project’s four initiatives, and the public’s continued participation will be critical as Thrive 2055 creates relevant, actionable plans.

The current four-question survey asks respondents to provide feedback regarding specific natural features important to the region, travel preferences, educational experiences, and the region’s defining identity. Results will be incorporated into the project’s initiative group discussions this spring.

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