#ColumbiaAgenda: On The Table Survey Results, Vaping Uproar, SC Craft Beer, Medtronic, Making THC From Yeast
Mar 01, 2019 08:18AM
● By Chris Haire
Survey shows positive outlook for Richland and Lexington: The results from the inaugural On the Table survey show that 86 percent of Richland and Lexington residents see positive change in their communities, 70 percent see their community as united, and 93 percent would recommend the communities as places to live.
To encourage development in areas that need improvement based on the survey, the Community Foundation is awarding $20,000 in Beyond the Table mini-grants.
The study began last fall, when 1,500 residents gathered for a day of conversations on hundreds of topics, including community strengths, needs, and next steps. The follow-up survey showed overwhelmingly positive feelings about Richland and Lexington, and nine out of 10 participants say they plan to take action on an issue they discussed at On the Table.
Top-ranking issues that participants want to see addressed include economic development, poverty, and economic security. The top-ranking ideas for improving the community were adding walkable and bikeable urban areas and creating an office with resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Nonprofit groups and individuals with a fiscal sponsorship can apply for grants up to $2,000 for projects that address a priority issue from the On the Table survey. Applications will be accepted through March 15. For more information on the survey and grants, visit www.OnTheTableCola.org. --Leigh Savage***
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