Thank you for providing valuable feedback to our strategic planning process! Please help us prioritize potential action items and solutions generated through our community conversation series to address the needs of each of our communities. We ask that you rank the listed ideas and provide additional qualitative feedback on what you believe we should be focusing on for each individual need identified in Gardiner. 

For a deeper dive into the needs identified in Gardiner, please see our 2019 Community Needs Assessment.

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* 1. What is your connection to HRDC?

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* 2. Housing surfaced as the #1 need for Gardiner in our Community Needs Assessment Survey with 94% of survey takers indicating so. Of Gardiner respondents, 87% indicated they feel there is a lack of affordable places to rent.  Similarly,  83% feel there is a lack of home ownership opportunities.  According to the Gardiner housing action plan, 58% of community members were not able to find local rentals, with 40% indicating it was from lack of sufficient income.  Over half of Gardiner households cannot afford the existing median rental and sales price.  VRBO/Airbnb have also imposed huge obstacles in Gardiner with many homes being purchased for seasonal tourists.  Minimal workforce housing in conjunction with the rapidly growing vacation rental market has had the greatest impact on Gardiners housing crisis.  HRDC recently aquired land for future afffordable development in Gardiner.  

Below is a list of potential action items to address the need of housing in Gardiner, please rank them. 

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* 3. Please build on the above list and provide additional feedback. What other policy, promoting, partnerships, and programs should we be considering to have a positive impact in the arena of housing in Gardiner? 

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* 4. Mental Healthcare surfaced as the #2 need in Gardiner in our Community Needs Assessment Survey, with 36% of survey takers indicating so.  64% of survey respondents feel that Gardiner lacks adequate resources for the mental health needs of youth.  Similarly, 70% feel that Gardiner lacks adequate resources for the mental health needs of adults. According to the Park County Community Health Improvement Plan there needs to be an increase in awareness regarding behavioral health issues, develop in community crisis services, and increase access. 

Below is a list of potential action items to address the need of mental healthcare in Gardiner, please rank them.

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* 5. Please build on the above list and provide additional feedback. What other policy, promoting, partnerships, and programs should we be considering to have a positive impact in the arena of mental healthcare in Gardiner? 

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* 6. Healthcare surfaced as the #3 need in Gardiner in our Community Needs Assessment Survey with 19% of survey takers indicating so.  Over 60% of respondents indicated feel that Gardiner lacks readily accessible, high quality health care that is affordable.  One of the major findings from the Community Health Needs Assessment report was a lack of access as the main barrier to healthcare utilization.  For many in Gardiner, they need to commute to Livingston for basic healthcare and Bozeman/Billings for more severe cases.  There is a gap in transit options for individuals seeking this care in these satellite  communities. 

Below is a list of potential action items to address the need of healthcare in Gardiner, please rank them.

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* 7. Please build on the above list and provide additional feedback. What other policy, promoting, partnerships, and programs should we be considering to have a positive impact in the arena of healthcare in Gardiner? 

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* 8. Workforce development surfaced as the #4 need in Gardiner in our Community Needs Assessment Survey, with 19% of survey takers indicating so. With a seasonal, niche job market there is a lack of year round employment opportunities.  37% feel that Gardiner lacks resources for those in search of employment including resume building, interview preparation, up-to-date job boards, and employment applications.  Additionally, the lack of affordable workforce makes it challenging for the community to retain employees. 

Below is a list of potential action items to address the need of  childcare in Gardiner, please rank them. 

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* 9. Please build on the above list and provide additional feedback.  What other policy, promoting, partnerships, and programs should we be considering to have a positive impact in the arena of workforce development in Gardiner?  

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* 10. Transportation surfaced as the #5 need in Gardiner in our Community Needs Assessment Survey with 19% of survey takers indicating so.  83% of survey takers feel that Gardiner lacks sufficient public transportation options.  Feedback from the community gleaned that many wish there were consistent affordable transit options to Livingston and Bozeman for services.  

Below is a list of potential action items to address the need of transportation in Gardiner, please rank them. 

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* 11. Please build on the above list and provide additional feedback. What other policy, promoting, partnerships, and programs should we be considering to have a positive impact in the arena of transportation in Gardiner? 

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