About ninety people from all sectors showed up today to talk about meaningful regional indicators and how to track them. Check out the great press coverage from NPR affiliates WFCR and WAMC, and CBS/Ch22. And here’s the final program for the event (official name: “Municipal performance indicators that matter to residents”). We distributed an issues checklist (in English and in Spanish). According to the results, the top five priorities are:
1. Business development, workforce development, jobs (living wage)
2. School performance, academic achievement
3. Health (disparities, environmental health, access to health care, etc.)
4. (tie) Public safety, crime, policing
4. (tie) Housing (affordable housing, foreclosure, home ownership, etc.)
And here are some video highlights from today’s discussion. Click on “Read more »” below to choose from six different videos: Trevis Wray, Aron Goldman, Paul Foster, Charlotte Kahn, Rima Dael, and Julius Ford as separate YouTube clips. Due to technical problems, some great comments weren’t audible. But in the case of the representatives from Gardening the Community, we have arranged to record a special statement from them at the Springfield Farmers Market (Baystate Health Center parking lot at 11 Wilbraham Rd.) this Saturday in preparation for our next event on urban agriculture and food systems.