EXIT Charlotte - Vision 2025 Over the past few years, a variety of local community agencies and residents have been talking about and planning for a brighter future for city residents and businesses.While many agencies are aiming to improve the quality of life in the Charlotte area, each has its own strengths and skills that help it focus in on certain aspects of improvement. But where do these agencies’ strengths and skills overlap? What’s missing? To focus in on these questions, the City of Charlotte is spearheading an effort to create a 5-year strategic plan – “Vision 2025.” Input from the community is important for this plan. To make sure we focus on strategies that reach everyone, please take 10-15 minutes to share your thoughts. OK Question Title * 1. What are the three things you love most about the Charlotte area? 1 2 3 OK Question Title * 2. What three things would you change about the Charlotte area? 1 2 3 OK Question Title * 3. Arts and cultural activities can bring a community together, enrich people's lives and improve the local economy. There are many ways a community can explore arts and culture, and just a few are suggested below. What three things would improve arts and culture in the Charlotte area? Art classes for youth Art classes for adults Art festivals Murals painted on buildings Talks about art Drop-in center/workshop for making art Outdoor sculptures Live music concerts Art shops Music shops Music lessons for youth Music lessons for adults Places for small musical performances (cafe/bar setting) House concerts Historic building tours Talks on local history Heritage tours in the local area Heritage festivals Online forum for discussing local arts and culture OK Question Title * 4. What other things can you think of to enhance arts and culture in the Charlotte area? OK Question Title * 5. Education is important to residents in the Charlotte area. Yet, there are challenges to ensuring everyone reaches their full potential. The list below offers some ideas on improving education. What three things would enhance education in the Charlotte area? Access to online learning Job training classes for adults Lifelong learning programs for adults Drop in center for homework/tutoring Transportation to regional education facilities Improved technology in schools Improved community access to internet/technology Literacy training for parents and childcare providers After-school programs Improve opportunities for parents to be involved in schools Encourage older residents to share their skills and experiences Celebrations of local educational accomplishments Encourage job shadowing for youth to expose them to a variety of careers Book clubs for all ages More ways for older residents to participate in local school programs OK Question Title * 6. What other things can you think of to improve education in the Charlotte area? OK Question Title * 7. Basic needs include access to housing, food, transportation and, in today's world, the internet. What three things would improve access to basic needs for residents in the Charlotte area? Awareness of housing options Resources for home maintenance Improved safety in neighborhoods More temporary housing More long-term affordable housing Better quality/maintained housing More housing for older residents Improved home maintenance and resources for renovation for older residents Financing assistance for rent and/or mortgage payments Improved public transportation options Improved streets/sidewalks/paths for bicycling and walking Financing assistance for car payments and insurance Community workshop for car repair Improved awareness of food availability Classes for healthy cooking Improved farmers market Add more affordable rental housing units Improved community access to internet/technology OK Question Title * 8. What other things can you think of to improve basic needs for residents in the Charlotte area? OK Question Title * 9. A strong healthy community enhances economic opportunity for residents of all ages and supports local business growth. What three things would improve the local economy in the Charlotte area? More opportunities for job training Improve access to financing for start-up and existing businesses Create an "incubator" space for new businesses Create a "buy local" program to support Charlotte businesses Regularly celebrate successes of local businesses Create a collaboration network for local businesses Expand regional business networks More and/or better parking Implement traffic calming solutions Improve walkability and non-motorized transportation infrastructure Improve public spaces, streetscapes and enhance placemaking Promote development and redevelopment sites with community marketing efforts Reduce zoning restrictions and building codes Do more collaborative community marketing OK Question Title * 10. What other things can you think of to improve the economy in the Charlotte area? OK Question Title * 11. The natural environment plays a big role in maintaining a strong healthy community today and into the future. What three things would improve the environment in the Charlotte area? Raise awareness of environmental issues Improved education on the importance of natural resources Tree protection program Tree planting program Improved protection of wetlands and waterways Improved public access to open spaces and parks Improved public access to lakes, rivers and streams Protect against flooding Protections for drinking water Celebrations of the local environment Clean-up days Raise awareness and opportunities for recycling OK Question Title * 12. What other things can you think of to improve the environment in the Charlotte area? OK Question Title * 13. A strong and healthy community supports the health and wellness of its residents. What three things would improve health and wellness in the Charlotte area? Improved education on healthy living Improved access to health care Improved access to mental health care Raise awareness of health care options Raise awareness of drug-prevention/recovery programs Improve opportunities to incorporate physical activities into daily living Improve options for bicycling and walking Improve access to healthy food Cooking classes for healthy food Cooking classes for teens Cooking classes for older residents and single person households Improve support for chronic conditions Improve support for caregivers Raise awareness of health and wellness financial assistance programs Community events and celebrations focusing on health Improve social opportunities for older residents More restaurants that offer affordable healthy food Walking clubs for all ages and abilities Running clubs for all ages and abilities Other outdoor activity clubs like birding, orienteering and geocaching Improve access within the community for those with mobility issues (wheelchairs, walkers and the like) OK Question Title * 14. What other things can you think of to improve health and wellness the Charlotte area? OK Question Title * 15. Healthy communities encourage and support neighborhood-building and civic participation. What three things would improve the community feel of the Charlotte area? Neighborhood associations Block parties Community time bank to encourage trading time and skills to help others and receive help Community events for all ages Community events focusing on specific interests (like art, health, technology, music etc.) Improved access to local government decision-making Welcome wagon for new residents Open houses at city hall to visit with staff and officials Get out the vote efforts for local elections Quarterly meetings of neighborhood associations Neighborhood cleanup days Quarterly meetings of city council in different locations within the community Better enforcement of city codes and ordinances OK Question Title * 16. What other things can you think of to improve neighborhood connections and civic participation in the Charlotte area? OK Question Title * 17. Please tell us a bit about yourself. What is your age? Under 18 years 18-24 years 25-34 years 35-44 years 45-54 years 55-64 years Over 65 years OK Question Title * 18. Are you a city or township resident? City of Charlotte Township OK Question Title * 19. Would you like more information about Charlotte - Vision 2025? This is optional and does not need to be completed for your comments to be included in this survey. Name Email Address Phone Number OK DONE - THANK YOU!