Introduction

The Massachusetts Rural Policy Advisory Commission is in the process of developing a Massachusetts Rural Plan and is eager to collect input from stakeholders regarding priorities and strategies.

Please take 5 minutes to answer a few targeted questions. In addition to this survey, we will be holding several listening sessions across the state including

The first meeting will be on November 1, 2018 4:30-6:30 at the Leicester Senior Center, 40 Wilson Avenue, Leicester, MA. 
(Draft Agenda)

For additional events visit the Rural Policy Advisory Commission webpage.
For a brief overview of Rural Massachusetts by the numbers visit The Commonwealth's Rural Towns.

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* 1. Today's Date

Date / Time

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* 2. Please provide your contact information if you would like to  receive updates from the RPAC. (optional)

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* 3. How would you best describe your role or position?  (Check the one most appropriate.)

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* 6. Which municipality will you be referring to for the remainder of the survey?

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* 7. For the purpose of this survey,  "Rural" is applied to a town with a population density of less than 500 people per square mile. Would you describe this municipality as rural?

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* 8. The RPAC has identified 3 types of rural community.
1. Historically agricultural with a growing proportion that commutes to work elsewhere (Bedroom community).
2. Vacation communities with a greater proportion of 2nd homes;
3. Traditional rural communities with a substantial agricultural or land based economy.
Which of these best describes your community?

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* 9. What are your communities top three economic development priorities

  Most important 2nd most important 3rd most important
Infrastructure (water, sewer, electric, internet)
Economic activity (business development, workforce development, business support)
Municipal government capacity (civic engagement, staffing constraints)
Housing (affordable and workforce housing, production constraints)
Public health and health care (opioid crisis, shortage of medical facilities)
Education and schools (declining enrollment, municipal budget impacts)

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* 10. What do you need to implement efforts around these priorities? (Select all that apply)

Thank you for your time. 

To continue to follow the progress of the Massachusetts Rural Policy Advisory Committee visit us at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/rural-policy-advisory-commission-rpac.


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