Special to Iredell Free News

Through a partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the University of Greensboro research team, the City of Statesville is conducting a Community Needs Assessment to learn about the main concerns of community residents.

City staff has been incorporating input from residents, community-based organizations and resource providers, law enforcement personnel serving the area, school personnel, and community leaders.

Phase 1 of the assessment process included focus groups comprised of those working, living, and volunteering in the Statesville community. Through discussions and information collected, the following five areas of concern were determined:

♦ Food Access/Insecurity;
♦ Housing;
♦ Transportation;
♦ Programs/Activities for Youth; and
♦ Safety

Phase 2 of this effort is now underway. During this stage, the city will be conducting a survey in order to gain more information on each of the five areas. This information is pertinent to drive decisions, engagement opportunities, and development.

The first survey is focused on the area of “Food.”

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and encourage those you know, work with, and serve to complete as well. It is open to every citizen of Statesville and will assist in creating opportunities to improve the quality of life for all.

Click HERE to start the survey.