ABC committee asks residents to take survey

By Cecilia Fox -

TROY — If you’ve got 10 minutes, Internet access and an opinion about your town, then one local group wants to hear from you.

Troy residents are being asked to complete a survey gauging community involvement as part of the America’s Best Communities competition.

The survey started as a group project for Leadership Troy, a professional development program aimed at encouraging local leaders.

“That quickly turned into becoming a part of America’s Best Communities when we became a quarterfinalist,” group member Justin Coby said.

Communication is a key element of the competition, Coby said, and so the survey was created to start a dialogue with the people of Troy.

“We hope it will provide us with an education on community involvement,” he said.

Those who complete the survey can enter to win prizes like tablets or gift cards.

In April, Troy was named one of 50 communities in the U.S. to make it through to the quarterfinalist round of the America’s Best Communities competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH network, CoBank and The Weather Channel. The contest encourages small communities to focus on a community revitalization platform to stimulate economic growth.

As a quarterfinalist, Troy has several months to refine a revitalization plan and compete for up to $3 million in grand prize money. Up to 15 semifinalists will be chosen based on criteria including community engagement and a long-term vision for the community’s future.

“More than anything we want to see how people in Troy interact with their community, how they get their information about the events that go on in their community,” Coby explained.

The survey asks residents if they volunteer in their community and if not, why not, Coby said. The survey also asks residents to identify one or two critical issues that they feel need to be addressed to ensure the future success of Troy.

“When it’s better for everyone, it’s better for everyone,” Coby said, quoting Eleanor Roosevelt.

He explained that when life improves for disadvantaged groups, life improves for the whole community.

“It’s an opportunity for folks who maybe are disillusioned in the community to speak out and tell how we can improve,” he said.

Residents can go online to to take the survey. At the end of the survey, they may enter to win a tablet or a $50 Kroger gift card. The survey ends Oct. 10.

“This is an opportunity to get your voice heard,” Coby said.

By Cecilia Fox