Dec. 6, 2021
Contact: Chung Tan
Public invited to provide input on Fayetteville’s new Economic Vitality and Recovery Plan
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville invites Fayetteville residents to participate in a new online questionnaire regarding the City’s next Economic Vitality and Recovery Plan.
This new round of outreach is intended to learn what residents feel are the most pressing economic vitality and recovery issues, and what the City should focus on in the coming years. The questionnaire asks for feedback on employment opportunities, workforce training, housing, quality of life and economic recovery.
The questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes to complete. It is available on Speak Up Fayetteville, the City’s online public engagement portal, at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/speakup.
Information gathered through this questionnaire, which is open to the general public, will supplement a more formal survey effort being conducted in partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Institute, home of the State’s Census Data Center. Six-thousand randomly selected households were sent an invitation to participate in the formal survey as part of a stratified random sampling in an effort to get as accurate a cross-section of City demographics as possible.
The Economic Recovery and Vitality Plan will focus on four strategic focus areas:
- Economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Workforce development;
- Small business support and growth; and
- Growth concept oriented economic development (workforce housing and the creation of jobs)
Each of these areas has a special focus on equity and inclusion for populations facing barriers to economic mobility and sustainability.
Residents and businesses interested in the project can learn more by visiting the project’s home page, www.fayetteville-ar.gov/economicrecovery. Additional public engagement opportunities, such as focus groups and pop-up events, are being planned for the near future.
To learn more about the Arkansas Economic Development Institute, visit www.youraedi.com.