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.

September 29, 2009

We Love You, Miami! -

From NBC Miami:

In Miami, love is all you need.

While we may not always speak fondly of our fair city, a new poll shows that Miamians are growing ever more attached to their town.

The Soul of the Community study, conducted by Gallup, showed that Miamians were more attached to their community, compared to other large cities.

The study surveyed 400 locals, who said that despite our lousy economy we're attached to the Magic City, for better and worse.

September 29, 2009

Residents love natural beauty, but there's work to do -

From the Charlotte Observer:

Residents find there's a lot to love about Charlotte, but lots of room for improvement, too.

That's what a newly released poll from the Gallup organization and the Knight Foundation shows. Researchers interviewed about 1,500 area residents early this year and found that they loved its openness to newcomers, its green spaces and its education systems - especially its colleges.

September 29, 2009

Study: Most residents pessimistic about Metro Detroit, but not as many as last year -


Metro Detroit residents are a little more optimistic about their community this year, but most remain unattached and pessimistic, according to Gallup's annual Soul of the Community study.

Fourteen percent of residents in the Metro Detroit statistical area -- Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Lapeer and St. Clair Counties -- said they were attached to the region for 2009, up from 12 percent last year.

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.

September 29, 2009

Study: Miamians more passionate about community

From the South Florida Business Journal:

Despite the economic downturn, Miami saw a significant increase in residents’ passion and loyalty for their community, according to a three-year study conducted by Gallup and funded by the Knight Foundation.

The Soul of the Community project, which looked at 26 communities, found that the worst economic crisis in decades was not a key factor in Miamians’ love of their city.

September 29, 2009

Gallup: Local perception of Twin Cities remains high in bad times -

From Finance and Commerce:

Although the national economy is still in the tank, that’s not coloring how residents of the Twin Cities and 25 other U.S. cities feel about their communities.

A Gallup study released today called “Soul of the Community” found that the worst economic crisis in decades isn’t a major factor in attracting and retaining residents to their communities.

September 29, 2009

What binds people to our community -

From the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel:

A Gallup study of the Fort Wayne area - Allen, Wells and Whitley counties - found three main factors that bind area residents to this community. That study, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, says the most important factors are social offerings (fun places to gather), openness (how welcoming a place is) and aesthetics (an area's physical beauty and green spaces).

The study surveyed more than 13,000 people in 26 U.S. communities. In this area, more than 400 people were surveyed in February, March and April. Surveys were conducted by phone, but cell numbers were included in the pool of potential survey subjects, Knight Foundation officials said.

September 29, 2009

Strong cities don't just happen -

From the Pioneer Press:

Minnesota is a place where people and businesses tend to give generously to charities, foundations and non-profit organizations. A new report suggests that those doling out grants should pay more attention to advocacy and community organizing as a way of getting more return on the philanthropic dollar.

At the same time a survey of the Twin Cities metro area finds understandable concern about jobs and the economy, and an equally strong attachment to the region's green spaces and higher-education offerings.

The second report is an opinion survey by Gallup for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community Study. It focuses on what people like and are concerned about in their hometowns, and tries to see how great a percentage of residents are strongly attached to where they live. 

As we read it, people are somewhat conflicted.

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

Twin Citians' love for hometown is above average, survey finds -

From the Pioneer Press:

Nine out of 10 residents think it's a bad time to get a job in the Twin Cities, and crime and violence are viewed as the area's most pressing problem. 

But it's not a good economy or safe streets that are the top factors in determining how emotionally attached metro-area residents are to the Twin Cities. 

It's the area's beauty and green spaces, its education system, how welcome and open the community is to different types of people, and its entertainment venues and places to meet. 

Those are the findings released Monday by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community study on what makes people glad to be living in their home towns.

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