Our County's Hopes

Community Conversations

From March to September 2016 the Jackson County Public Library (JCPL) and Jackson County United Way (JCUW) engaged over 300 members of the community from all walks of life and backgrounds in 25 deep conversations about the kind of community we want Jackson County to be.  People came into these conversations with honesty and a willingness to share and for this we are deeply grateful.  In return, JCPL& JCUW are committed to broadly sharing what we heard so that anyone in our community who wants to take action can get involved. 

This is what we’ve heard about what our county hopes for: 

Residents want a community where people choose to live, a community that is healthy and vibrant with places to go and things to do.  We want to be known as a place where we work together to take care of our neighbors and generations.

While we listened carefully to aspirations, we also heArD some common concerns: 

• Community Connectedness & Pride
• Community Investment, Collaboration, and Follow Through
• Growing Poverty Rates and Working Poor
• Getting Out of Poverty
• Safety of Children & Adults (particularly seniors)
• Drugs & Mental Health
• Lack of Social Gatherings and Places
• Transporation
• Quality Education & Accepting Diversity

Want to Learn More? 

Contact Tonja Couch, tonja@jacsy.org or 812-522-5450, for a more detailed report or for her to make a presentation.