Create Buckhannon has released the results from the Buckhannon-Upshur Community Engagement Survey.
The survey was started as a way to gather information from the community to help steer Create Buckhannon in the right direction, ensuring group activities are meeting community needs.
There were several questions focusing on areas of concern, as brought up by community members, and questions regarding demographics. The most important factor of the survey is that it is completely unbiased.
Some highlights of the survey included the following:
There were 342 respondents.
Eighty-one percent of respondents want to see local musicians as entertainment in the Jawbone Park or proposed town square area, with 55 percent wanting artisan demonstrations. In response, these will be the focus of the performance component of Festival Fridays.
Sixty-four percent of respondents visit Main Street zero to two times per week, while 74.5 percent of respondents said they would visit downtown more often if there was a town square.
Clothing and shoe stores are the most desired downtown businesses.
Ninety-seven percent of respondents think City Council meetings should be available online and for free to the general public.
The complete survey results were compiled by Kelly Hughes, assistant professor of Economics at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
More information about Create Buckhannon is available by calling Jay Harper at 304-617-2622.