Phase 1 Public Input Summary
The goal of first phase of Strong At Heart was to identify shared community values, issues and concerns, and hopes for the future. Between June and September, Phase 1 asked all participants the same questions:
- What do you love about Taos and why does that matter to you?
- What are your concerns for the future?
- What are your hopes for the future?
The project used a wide variety of public engagement activities with three goals in mind:
- Make providing input easy and fun to reach people who typically do not participate in meetings by going to where the community congregates at events and cafes.
- Use community meetings and interviews to elicit more depth and understanding of what we were hearing.
- Make an extra effort to reach out to stakeholder groups who are the least likely to participate in community meetings including youth, immigrants, young families, legacy Hispanic families, and the Taos Pueblo through small group discussions and interviews.
The first phase of Strong At Heart did an excellent job reaching out to the community and not expecting the community to come to the project. As a result, a little over 1,300 participants from all backgrounds, neighborhoods, ages, incomes, and stakeholder groups provided their input to Strong At Heart.