Survey launched for economic recovery, resiliency plan

By Herald Staff

FERDINAND — Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission has launched a community survey and website for its economic recovery and resiliency plan.

The plan, titled, “STEADFAST: Creating Deeper Roots for a Stronger Future,” will provide short-term economic endurance strategies, long-term recovery strategies, and regional economic recovery strategies to enable the region to persevere and prevail in the wake of COVID-19 and navigate and endure future economic, biological, and natural emergencies. The plan is funded through a U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant and is being led by Rundell Erntsberger Associates and AECOM.

“We felt that understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on local residents and businesses of the region was a vital first step in the planning process, which is why we launched the community survey," said Leah Hawkins, technical services specialist. "The success of STEADFAST will be dependent on local participation as we want the plan to be reflective of local priorities, not just a general document."

The survey will run for approximately four weeks. Executive Director Lisa Gehlhausen is confident that such a time frame will allow for ample participation while ensuring the information is used in a timely manner.

"The information obtained from the community survey will help identify the recovery and resiliency strategies that the plan should explore," she said. "Those strategies will make up the bulk of the plan, so it is important we get them right."

In addition to hosting the community survey, the website will host documents created throughout the planning process, giving residents and businesses access to the latest information.

You can visit the website here and take the community survey by clicking “Get Involved.”

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