For press inquiries, please contact Marc Fest, Vice President of Communications for the Knight Foundation, at (305)908-2677. You can download any of the releases at the links below.

November 15, 2010

'Study of Detroit, other cities, links passion for community with economic growth'

 Crain's Detroit Business / Nov. 15

Surprisingly, social offerings, openness or how welcoming the community is and its beauty are far more important to Detroit residents than their perceptions of the economy, jobs, basic services, leadership and safety, Gallup said.

Detroit residents pointed to education as a strength of the local community, but their perceptions of both K-12 schools and local colleges and universities are lower this year than in 2009.

December 18, 2009

From MSN: Selling a city's soul

At MSN's Real Estate site, MarketWatch's Amy Houk writes:

People like where they live for any number of reasons, but there are several standout qualities that ignite residents' passion for their communities — and how the area is dealing with the recession isn't one of them, according to a report released recently by Gallup and the Knight Foundation.

November 19, 2009

The work of changing perceptions

Meredith Hector, Knight's program director in Bradenton, wrote an op-ed that was published in the Bradenton Herald this morning. Here's a taste:

Soul of the Community is a study of perceptions. Unlike the latest unemployment figures, we can change what people think and how they feel. That is why we can be experiencing one of the worst economic declines in recent memory, and still have a large percentage of residents who love where they live.

October 16, 2009

Project finds good in 'Soul of the Community' -

From the Bradenton Herald:

Soul is a feeling, feeling deep within

Soul is not the colour of your skin

Soul is the essence, essence from within

It is where everything begins 

So declares Van Morrison in “Soul” on his “Keep it Simple” album, released in 2008. That’s the same time the Knight Foundation launched its project to find the “Soul of the Community” in 26 cities, including Bradenton.

October 05, 2009

Residents say county lacks social offerings -

From the Centre Daily Times:

Most Centre County residents think they live in a beautiful place with a good university, but aren’t as happy with the area’s openness and social offerings, according to a survey looking at residents’ attachment to the area.

Gallup conducted the telephone survey of about 400 residents for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It’s part of a larger project that includes surveys of 25 other communities where the foundation is active.

October 02, 2009

Soul of the City -

From Richard Florida in the Atlantic Monthly:

What determines the level of attachment people have to their communities? And how do those levels of attachment and community satisfaction affect local economies? These are big questions that cross the boundaries of urbanism, economics, sociology, and psychology.

For the past several years, the Gallup Organization, in partnership with the Knight Foundation, has conducted a substantial multi-community survey called "Soul of the Community." I worked on earlier versions of the survey and reported some results in my book Who's Your City? Here's a link to the study's website.

October 01, 2009

Grand Forks a good example for us to follow -

From the Winnipeg Free Press:

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?

October 01, 2009

Hometown pride points to growth potential -

From the Bradenton Herald:

Manatee County’s determination to diversify the economy and attract new business received a major boost this week. Bradenton’s top ranking in a Gallup study, funded by the Knight Foundation and entitled “Soul of the Community,” should help convince business prospects that this is indeed the right place to locate their enterprise.

September 30, 2009

Smaller U.S. cities generate more loyalty and passion -

From Gallup:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new Gallup study of 26 American cities, conducted in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, finds that residents of smaller cities such as Boulder, Colorado, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are more likely to recommend their city as a place to live than residents of larger cities such as Philadelphia and Detroit. Overall, residents in Bradenton, Florida, were the most likely to recommend their city, while residents in Detroit and Gary, Indiana, were the least likely.

September 29, 2009

What keeps us here: Gallup study identifies Lexington's allure -

From Business Lexington:

LEXINGTON, KY - There is nothing like the validation of consensus, gathered scientifically, to reassure community leaders that they have been on the right track as they have invested uncountable hours, immeasurable brainpower and draining energies to the task of placing Lexington on course for competitive 21st century economic development.

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