Grand Forks got a huge boost in confidence and prestige this week by ranking second-highest out of a group of 26 U.S. cities in a large survey gauging community attachment.
The purpose of the study done by Gallup and the Knight Foundation was to show the correlation between communities with strong community attachment (CA) scores -- essentially loyalty and passion for the community -- and those with the highest economic growth.
More research is to follow that organizers hope will show even more conclusively such loyalty and passion will actually create stronger economic growth in a community.
The findings are interesting and probably surprising to some. Who knew the good people of Grand Forks were as engaged and committed to their community as they are?