Community Readiness

A mobile-device friendly version of First Impressions is now available using Qualtrics

A supplemental, mobile-device friendly online version of the First Impressions Community “survey” allows participants to enter observations, photos, and photo descriptions using either the paper tool or their smart phone or tablet. Visit coordinators can use the online survey tool to easily compile their report. To obtain a survey link for your community, contact the […]

Community Economic Development Preparedness Index (CEDPI)

The purpose of this preparedness index is to help communities analyze strengths and weaknesses before developing a plan to improve economic development opportunities in the community.¬† A PDF version of the Index may be downloaded at:¬†Community Economic Development Preparedness Index PDF.¬† The index can now also be used as an on-line tool using the Qualtrics […]

First Impressions Revisited

The First Impressions program was developed to help communities learn about existing strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of the first-time visitor and provides a structured opportunity to learn about strengths and weaknesses of similar communities. The results from a First Impressions visit can serve as the basis for community action and as a way […]

Community Economic Development Prepardness Index – CEDPI

The purpose of this preparedness index is to help communities analyze strengths and weaknesses before developing a plan to improve economic development opportunities in the community. The index is based on individual perceptions of activities and conditions in the community; over which you may or may not have some level of control. The compiled responses will provide a reflection of your community’s readiness to retain existing businesses and income, attract new businesses, residents, and income, and expand small businesses and income within your community.

Community Organizational Assessment Tool

This assessment tool can help guide a group discussion about how a board of directors, organization, or committee is functioning. First respond to the question by checking either yes or no in the first column. Then indicate the amount of improvement you feel is needed. There are no right or wrong answers. It is your perception of the organization that you are sharing with others.

Creating My Hometown: An Exercise in Land Use Decision Making

This report summarizes an activity that has been used by Steve Kohlstedt for over twenty years to help foster awareness of complex land use issues and conflicts with diverse audiences. This activity was first shared with the faculty and staff of Extension in 1995 and has gone through several revisions. This report is intended to provide formal instructions on how to conduct this role-playing activity that can be used to foster awareness of land use issues and conflicts, for a wide range of audiences. Through this exercise, participants will make land use decisions and provide a rationale for those decisions. At the conclusion of the exercise, participants will have an improved understanding of the complexity of land use decisions.

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