TRURO – Results will soon be available on a study into what younger people in Colchester County feel is and isn’t attractive about the area.
Colchester Next, a group aiming to stimulate the interest of people between the ages of 19 and 39 in Colchester County, initiated an online survey in February seeking input from the public that will help dictate how the group proceeds with plans to revitalize the community.
Chairman Brennan Gillis told the Truro Daily News although the original plan was to make the survey available for a month and a half, it is still open at
“There are about 150 responses to the survey, which will still be available until mid-September,” said Gillis. He added a reoccurring theme is many people feel safe in the Truro area and appreciate the cost of living.
Areas of improvement, at a quick and early glance, said Gillis, include the need for more nightlife, public transportation and “tolerance and acceptance” in the community.
Gillis said another area of concern is the need “to see more jobs” and although that’s not something Colchester Next has control of, perhaps the survey will help trigger communication.
“Businesses could be asked, ‘are you actively advertising?’” he suggested.
Once survey results are analyzed, which is expected to happen in October, results will be shared with local councils that are interested. The organization also hopes to continue networking with the community, businesses, organizations, individuals and municipal politicians.
“If we talk … maybe they will listen and look a little harder on how to create momentum” and potential opportunities, said Gillis.