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Key Findings from Walkerville Community Assessment to be Revealed on January 25!

A new year is also a new start for Walkerville’s future! The Walkerville Community Assessment conducted on November 30th was the fourth area assessment funded by the Oceana Community Foundation to gain local feedback towards developing positive change to meet community goals. The assessment was facilitated by the Foundation and consultant Julie Hales-Smith, with the support of Lake-Osceola Bank. After a month of compiling the feedback received during the full day of assessment activities, we are now ready to report the findings to Walkerville area residents!

The report-out and planning meeting will take place on Thursday, January 25th at the Walkerville Wesleyan Church from 6-8pm and is open to anyone interested in learning more. The consultant has prepared a comprehensive report and will lead community discussion around the top five priorities for Walkerville along with next steps. During this meeting, participants will brainstorm a starting point toward reaching their shared vision and a roadmap of achieving that vision. Every person and every idea is welcome!

The assessment brought out 55 residents to participate in a series of focus group sessions with key stakeholders during the day and an evening Town Hall meeting. The focus groups centered around five specific sectors: youth, elected and appointed officials, seasonal residents, service providers, and employers. Residents readily provided amazing feedback regarding their community’s vision and identified aspects of Walkerville they wish to protect and change.

The Oceana Community Foundation envisions an Oceana where everyone has access to resources to thrive. If you would like more information on the Walkerville Community Assessment, call our AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator, Cecelia Hopkins at 231-869-3377.