September 29, 2009

Bradenton MSA ranks no. 1 in residents’ loyalty to community - Biz941 Daily

From BIZ941 Daily:

A Gallup and Knight Foundation study of the Bradenton area and 25 other U.S. communities has found that emotional attachment to the Bradenton MSA (which includes Sarasota and Venice) is the highest of all communities surveyed, according to “The Soul of the Community” survey. The study pinpointed the region’s social offerings (fun places to gather), openness (how welcoming a place is) and aesthetics (an area’s physical beauty and green spaces). Researchers are investigating whether emotional connection to place where one lives drives economic growth. Residents and leaders can explore the findings during a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium. Register at or call (941) 359-4602. For complete survey findings on Bradenton, visit

September 29, 2009

Survey finds Grand Strand ties hold fast -

From the Sun News:

Grand Strand residents are extremely concerned about the economy, but it doesn't change how they feel about their community, a study released today shows. 

Unemployment is the top concern, according to The Soul of the Community study by the Knight Foundation and Gallup polling. The project attempts over three consecutive years of surveys to show how attached people are to their communities and what binds them. 

Myrtle Beach area residents are a little less attached to the place than those surveyed last year, but still far more attached than people in the other 25 cities surveyed.

September 29, 2009

Survey: Grand Forks, ND, residents more attached to community -

From Prairie Business:

Grand Forks area-residents have grown more emotionally attached to their community in the past year, a new report from the Knight Foundation found. 

Perceptions about the beauty of the area’s parks, its nightlife, the quality of its elected officials, participation in elections and even that people care about one another all improved. 

September 29, 2009

Miamians' love affair with city trumps economic woes -

From the Miami Herald:

Sure, Miami's got lousy drivers, questionable manners and one of country's most depressed real estate markets. Yet despite its drawbacks -- not to mention the recession -- residents of Miami-Dade say they love this city more than ever. 

To be more precise, they're expressing a greater level of attachment to this community, according to the ``Soul of the Community'' three-year study conducted by Gallup and funded by the Knight Foundation. 

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