Sur­vey seeks youth’s opin­ion of county

The Covington News - - The Second Front - By Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com

Newton County of­fi­cials are try­ing to find out what young peo­ple want and how the county can re­tain and at­tract younger res­i­dents.

The Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Preser­va­tion and Plan­ning, a non-profit group that fa­cil­i­tates plan­ning with lo­cal govern­ment, has cre­ated an 11ques­tion, on­line sur­vey. The sur­vey is for all ages, but in­cludes ques­tions that tar­get younger re­spon­dents, such as what do they look for in place to live, how they pre­fer to travel to work and play and what would at­tract them to live in Newton County.

It’s avail­able at the web­site bit.ly/New­tonGen­er­a­tions or by search­ing “Newton County sur­vey” on Face­book.

Sham­ica Wil­liams, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor at The Cen­ter, said the sur­vey has its ori­gins in a con­ver­sa­tion among a group of com­mu­nity lead­ers who were talk­ing about their chil­dren. Some of their col­legeaged kids planned to re­turn to Newton County, many had de­cided to live else­where.

“So we thought a good con­ver­sa­tion would be what at­tracts the Gen Y and Gen Xers to the com­mu­nity. Be­cause as we’re do­ing the 2050 Plan, that’s es­sen­tially who the plan is for. Are we on the right track? What type of things, ameni­ties, hous­ing, etc. are they look­ing for?” asked Wil­liams.

About 28 per­cent of Newton County’s pop­u­la­tion is aged 20 to 40, ac­cord­ing to a 2005-2009 es­ti­mate con­ducted by the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau.

The sur­vey will be open un­til Jan. 28. Ruth Miller, a re­search as­sis­tant with The Cen­ter, will com­pile the re­sults and present them to com­mu­nity of­fi­cials at a Feb. 5 meet­ing.

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