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Where Are We Now?

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Step One
Community Assessment

A Community Assessment

 

The community assessment and profile is the outcome of answering the question "Where Are We Now?"

 

An Assessment creates a picture of existing conditions, identifying local characteristics such as geography, natural resources, population, political and community institutions, recreational resources, etc.

 

Often, a community will include a Values Statement in their Assessment which articulates quality of life issues not necessarily captured by existing data and information.

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Answering the question, "Where Are We Now?" will enable you to "take stock" of your community's assets - social, economic, and environmental by assessing various community conditions. The Community Profile describes a community's existing conditions, identifying local characteristics such as geography, natural resources, population levels, political, civic, environmental and other institutions. Enviromental conditions such as water quality, air quality, hazardous waste sites and other potential sources of pollution are identified as part of the assessment step.

The key to success in evaluating a community's assets is getting the right people involved. Broad community participation will help ensure that the information you collect is complete and correct. And, tap into local experts -- college professors, state and local biologists, engineers, planners, and others knowledgeable about your community's cultural, social and natural resources.

A Community Assessment will result in:

Once you know where you are, you can more clearly see where you are going. In the next step, "Where Are We Going?", you will look at trends in your community and predict your community's future based on those trends.


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