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Chamber to launch resident survey

Ten minutes of your time on Saturday, March 7 can help shape the future of Richmond.
Members of the Richmond Area Economic Development Council will be conducting a telephone survey to get residents’ opinions on a range of issues to help determine the direction of the city.
“The survey is a pulse check,” said Bill Downs, chairperson for the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee. “We need to know what the community is thinking and where we should focus our attention. We don’t predispose to know all the answers and want to hear from people as to where we should go in this community.”
Around 10 years ago, the city of Richmond conducted a survey, which mostly focused on city services and the condition of roads, sidewalks and homes. This citizen survey expands into the areas of quality of life in Richmond, employment opportunities, shopping habits of residents and reasons why people want to stay or leave the community.
“We need to grow. This information will allow us to see what causes people to leave,” Downs said. He also said he would be interested to see what additional retail stores residents would like to have in town.
Survey information will help chart the efforts of the EDC, and the survey will be shared with city hall and local organizations.
Members of the EDC and Richmond services organization will call residents, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on March 7 from Henkel Corporation. The EDC said its goal is to reach at least 10 percent of the Richmond population. Residents unable to take the phone survey on that day will be able to participate by filling out a printed version, which will be available at the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, beginning March 9. The chamber office is located at 104 W. North Main St.

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