Holdrege to Participate in Nebraska "Community Strengths" Project

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Officials from Phelps County Development Corporation and the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce agreed earlier this month to participate in a statewide initiative designed to measure how well Nebraska communities measure up in nine categories known to be important to individuals seeking out new communities.

Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are working with Hollman Media, LLC of Kearney to lead the project. Holdrege is one of 26 participating Nebraska communities.

The project agreement does not require funding from Holdrege. Instead, the community is required to solicit a minimum number of survey responses from residents and visitors. Data from Holdrege will then be compared to aggregate data from all participating communities across the state.

“This isn’t a contest,” said Travis Hollman, president of Hollman Media. “Knowing what your community is doing well and not so well is valuable to the community’s strategic planning process. This survey instrument is unique in that it is based on solid research that found that people wanted nine things in any community. Some of those nine things surprised us, but they make up the nine things being measured in the participating communities.”

Holdrege is asking residents and visitors to help meet its required quota by taking the survey online at www.PhelpsCountyNE.com Survey takers can click on the “Community Strengths Survey” button on our homepage.

The survey requires fewer than five minutes to complete. It does not collect personally identifiable information.

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