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Hamilton to residents: It’s time to prioritize what we need for the city

The survey, which is anonymous, can be found online at

People will be able to fill out the survey online through Aug. 21.

“We do this every two years,” said Jacob Stone-Welch, Hamilton’s community and social technology strategist. “I would encourage residents to take the survey.”

Hamilton has conducted the survey in 2011, 2015 and 2017, with 1,017 participating the last time, 443 of them answering a survey that was mailed to them, and the rest answering online.

City residents the last time showed so much better feelings toward the city’s economy, as well as its “recreation and wellness,” that Hamilton received two awards from the National Research Center, which works on the surveys with the International City/County Management Association.

The levels of improvement Hamilton saw were higher than all other jurisdiction across the country that had been surveyed, Angelica Wedell of the National Research Center told this media outlet at the time.

From 2015 to 2017, 44 aspects of the community had better ratings, while eight areas saw declines.

Among areas that saw improvement were overall quality of life; overall image; a place to live; neighborhoods; place to raise children; place to retire; overall appearance; overall natural environment; cleanliness; overall built environment; new development; public places; overall economic health; vibrant downtown/commercial area; employment opportunities; place to visit; health care; recreational opportunities; fitness opportunities; cultural/arts/music activities; overall direction of government; and recreation centers.

For survey results that were found from the 2017 questions in Hamilton, here’s the story about that.“Input from our residents assists in shaping the decisions we make on a daily basis at City Hall,” said Adam Helms, Director of Resident Services. “The community survey is an easy way for residents to provide their input to help shape the future of our city.”

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