A survey of Kalamazoo residents conducted in August revealed strong community support for the Foundation for Excellence concept and an overall favorable view of the direction the City is heading.
80% of respondents were supportive of the Foundation for Excellence proposal, with consistent support across all demographics. 74% of respondents felt things in Kalamazoo are heading in the right direction, with only 20% responding that the City is on the wrong track.
Washington D.C. based Lake Research Partners designed and administered the survey, which was conducted by professional interviewers over telephone. The survey reached a total of 400 citizens in the City of Kalamazoo from August 9 through August 14. Telephone numbers for this survey were drawn using file audits and the sample was stratified geographically to reflect the population of Kalamazoo. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.9%.
City officials initiated the survey to gain a better understanding of opinions on the Foundation for Excellence proposal and what aspects are important to Kalamazoo residents.
“These results are encouraging and reflect much of what we have been hearing, but I understand that some members of our community still have concerns,” said City Manager Jim Ritsema, “We are consulting with experts and foundations with similar purposes to ensure best practices are incorporated as we work on the details. I look forward to sharing them with the community as they take shape, and am confident that these concerns will be alleviated by the final proposal.”
City Officials may bring a Memorandum of Understanding for formal review by the City Commission as early as the September 19 meeting.