How is living in Red Wing?

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What do you like most about living in Red Wing? Would you recommend living in Red Wing to others? These are just a few of the questions to prepare for if you are randomly selected for this year's community survey.

While the city conducts a community survey every three to five years, this year is different.

"What I think is exciting about this survey is that 50 percent of the questions were put together by the (10) actions teams that are part of the community voices task force part of the whole Red Wing 2040 project," said Michelle Leise, community engagement specialist.

This year the team of 130 people looked beyond just the city's services. Asking open-ended questions and asking why will help broaden the response of citizens.

"Some of these questions are really community minded — how much contact do you have with your neighbors? How do they feel about the accessibility and availability of job training, mental health and affordable housing," Leise mentioned.

The survey, conducted by Morris Leatherman Company will be done this month. The results, Leise said, should be back by Oct. 9. City Council will discuss the results during the next scheduled regular meeting.

"Short term we're going to learn a lot about things like arts and culture, what people feel is missing," Leise said.

The survey was formulated using the input from the Red Wing 2040 project, along with previous city survey questions, reviews and suggestions made by city departments and suggestions made from the Citizens Assembly project.

If your phone says "Morris Leatherman Company calling," make sure to pick up, sit down and get ready to answer 121 questions about life in Red Wing.