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5/4/2012 8:01:00 AM
Initiative set in motion to improve Huntington County

Lucas Bechtol, Herald-Press

The Huntington County Hometown Improvement Initiative, which had its launch at the Business EXPO in March, has been keeping busy.

“What we’ve been doing is we completed a survey of more than 800 Huntington County residents,” said Marshall Sanders, the county coordinator for the initiative. “That survey was conducted online and it cuts across all demographics of Huntington County, basically getting feedback from the residents about what they like about life in Huntington County and what they see as opportunities to improve opportunities and living conditions for all of the residents of Huntington County.”

People can continue to take the survey at until May 7.

The survey will be analyzed with past community development studies to develop an action plan to engage and improve the community in five key areas, called pillars, Sanders said.

The five pillars are: Entrepreneurship, family life, charitable giving, youth and leadership.

“The next step will be assessing the data from the surveys and then developing plans for focus on the specific pillar’s mission and then ultimately in the fall we will put together a community plan, an action plan if you will, that will lay out specific achievable goals and objectives to improve the quality of life in Huntington County,” he said.

He said they are not trying to reinvent the wheel, but rather to work together with other groups in the county with similar missions and to provide a sharper focus.

Rosie Wall, a member of the steering committee for the initiative, hopes the survey will yield some positive results.

“We’ve had several studies, really good studies generated by the community, to do things and out of those studies things moved forward to a certain degree and then they sort of just lost their momentum and just sat there,” she said.

She thought this program could look at these past studies and then create a foundation to move forward.

“And also I felt like it would be a way to get the community, and we include the whole county at a cooperative effort, to work together in many areas,” Wall said. “I just felt like it had what we lacked in the previous plans.”

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