Your involvement is an important part of the process in developing the northeast Indiana region in which we live, work and play. Together, we can make it better.

Rural communities make up the majority of our region, and it’s you—the rural residents and workers—whose valuable opinions and insight can help steer us toward the direction of growth, sustainability and a higher quality of life.

When you answer these questions, please do so with the rural county in which you live or work in mind. Thank you.

* 1. When you think about the county you live in, what is the first word or phrase that comes to mind?

* 2. How would you rate the importance of these factors in your decision to stay in your current county?

  Very Unimportant Unimportant Neutral Important Very Important
Housing availability
Housing cost
Job opportunities for yourself
Job opportunities for your spouse
Proximity to family/friends
Community spirit
Faith-based community or social clubs (e.g. VFW, Turners, etc.)
Recreational amenities
Ability to keep animals/raise crops
Not crowded
Quality of K-12 education
Continuing education opportunities
Slower lifestyle/peace and quiet
Safety

* 3. Rank these attributes based on importance in your county.

  Very Unimportant Unimportant Neutral Important Very Important
Outdoor activities
Social offerings (events, dining, nightlife, etc.)
Openness to new ideas, beliefs and concepts
Quality education
Career opportunity
Faith-based community or social clubs (e.g. VFW, Turners, etc.)
Leadership development training and support
Participatory sports
Infrastructure (transportation, electricity, water, etc.)
Retail/shopping opportunities
Health & safety
Arts & culture
People here know me
Great place to raise a family

* 4. Rank your county on these attributes.

  Very Unavailable Unavailable Neutral Available Very Available
Outdoor activities
Social offerings (events, dining, nightlife, etc.)
Openness to new ideas, beliefs and concepts
Quality education
Career opportunity
Connection between emerging and current leadership
Participatory sports
Infrastructure (transportation, electricity, water, etc.)
Retail/shopping opportunities
Health & safety
Arts & culture
People here know me
Great place to raise a family

* 5. Envision the best possible version of the rural county you live/work in. What additions are needed to achieve this vision?

* 6. What would need to be taken away to achieve the best possible version of your work/home county?

* 7. If an attractive job opportunity opened in a neighboring large urban area (like Fort Wayne or South Bend), would you move?

* 8. If an attractive job opportunity opened in a rural area outside the northeast Indiana region, would you move?

* 9. Do you see yourself living and/or working in your county five years from now?

* 10. If you had a friend or family member who moved away, what would your argument be to persuade them to return?

* 11. If you left the region and decided to come back, what would be your reason for returning?

* 12. If you could create a slogan for your county, what would it be?

* 13. What is your age?

* 14. What is your marital status?

* 15. What is your gender?

* 16. What is your race/ethnicity?

* 17. What county do you live in?

* 18. If you work or attend school in a different county, please select it below.

* 19. How many immediate relatives (parents, spouses, siblings, children) live in your home county?

* 20. What level of education do you have?

* 21. The northeast Indiana region is already a great place to raise a family, build your career, and call home—
but it is your voice that will provide us with the tools to move forward. Thank you for your time today.

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