Storm Lake City Council member Wally Burns stressed the importance of returning the surveys at yesterday's city council meeting.
"This survey will help determine the needs of housing in the city of Storm Lake," he said, noting that the survey takes less than 10 minutes to fill out.
"I think the information is valuable, so I urge everyone to complete the survey," Burns added.
Assisting with the survey is Storm Lake Area Development Corporation (SLADC), which is working with the communities involved. The participating B.V. County communities and the board of supervisors received a grant from the Iowa Department of Workforce Economic Development. The grant pays 90 percent of the cost of the study, Jim Gossett, director of SLADC, said.
"We're trying to reach every household (in Storm Lake)," Gossett said. "Over 4,000 surveys went out over the weekend."
SLADC is assisting all of the communities taking part in the survey, by working with the cities and the board of supervisors, but Gossett stressed the importance of local involvement.
"It is the local effort in each community that really makes for a quality survey," he said, noting the local committees and city staffs working on the project.
"We're happy to get it started, but it's those folks in the local communities, along with the professionals at Northwest Iowa Planning and Development, that are actually doing it."
Read the rest of this article in the 10/03 Pilot Tribune.