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Columbus Survey Looks for Welcoming Factors

Heritage Fund officials say they hope to understand how people feel about Columbus and to build a more welcoming community.

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An earlier survey found gay and lesbian groups felt disconnected from the community.

The Heritage Fund is doing an online questionnaire through February sixth as a follow-up to an earlier survey conducted in 2004. Heritage Fund program officer Lyn Morgan says the purpose of the survey is to see how residents feel about the community and to provide guidance in developing local business.

“This is an important survey for us, and we feel it is important for our community to be welcoming.” Morgan said.

Overall, the earlier survey result showed that most people found the community to be welcoming. However, newcomers and young professionals reported difficulty getting involved in local affairs. Other groups, like the Africa American and gay and lesbian communities also reported problems getting connected. Morgan says this current survey is designed to see whether welcoming factors have improved or changed within the community.

“We would hope the welcoming factor would be increased. But we will just have to wait and see. We certainly encourage for everybody that have interest in the community to take the survey.” Morgan said.

The three week survey is conducted by an outreach committee within The Heritage Fund. The board will be meeting in May to share its findings with the community. For more information, visit http://www.heritagefundbc.org/.

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