Pathways Survey Data
In April of 2014, a Ford Institute Alumni Celebration was held in Florence, Oregon, reuniting nonprofit and governmental leaders, volunteers, and engaged community members from throughout western Lane County.
From this event, a strong consensus emerged: it was time for action. A core “Go Team” formed and selected the Pathways to Community Vitality program offered by The Ford Family Foundation to move forward. Pathways was chosen largely because of its inventory feature; by surveying the community, it was hoped consensus would arise, as it had at the Alumni event.
The inventory process was successful, with more than 700 local residents participating and completing the survey. Throughout the process, consensus remained universal: a need for a resident-led shared vision was vital.