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Community Attitudes Towards Growth, Regionalism and Impact of the Arts. May 11, 2005 Edward G. Murphy, M.D. Surveying Methodology. Telephone surveys. Roanoke Valley (Bedford County, Bedford City, Botetourt County, Franklin County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem City).

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community attitudes towards growth regionalism and impact of the arts

Community AttitudesTowards Growth, Regionalism and Impact of the Arts

May 11, 2005

Edward G. Murphy, M.D.

surveying methodology
Surveying Methodology
  • Telephone surveys
  • Roanoke Valley(Bedford County, Bedford City, Botetourt County, Franklin County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem City)
  • New River Valley(Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pearisburg County, Pulaski County, Town of Pulaski, Radford City)
surveying methodology con t
Surveying Methodology Con’t

General Population

  • n= 402
  • margin of error: +/- 4.9%
  • New River Valley
  • Roanoke Valley

General Population

  • n= 324
  • margin of error:+/- 5.4%

Business Population

  • n= 101
  • margin of error: +/- 9.8%

Business Population

  • n= 50
  • margin of error: +/- 13.9%
population shift over past five years
Population Shift Over Past Five Years

General Population

RV

n=402

Grown a lot 33%

Grown some 39%

Remained same 15%

Decreased some 7%

Decreased a lot 1%

Unsure 6%

NRV

n=324

40%

33%

13%

7%

2%

5%

population shift over past five years1
Population Shift Over Past Five Years

Business Leaders

RVn=101

Grown a lot 7%

Grown some 42%

Remained same 44%

Decreased some 5%

Decreased a lot 0%

Unsure 3%

NRV n=50

30%

62%

4%

0%

0%

4%

is growth good
Is Growth Good?

General Population

RV n=402

Very favorable 19%

Somewhat favorable 45%

Neither favorable 13%nor unfavorable

Somewhat unfavorable 14%

Very unfavorable 4%

Unsure 5%

NRVn=324

27%

43%

10%

10%

4%

6%

is growth good1
Is Growth Good?

Business Leaders

RVn=101

Very favorable 26%

Somewhat favorable 57%

Neither favorable 10% nor unfavorable

Somewhat unfavorable 5%

Very unfavorable 2%

Unsure 0%

NRVn=50

36%

48%

12%

2%

0%

2%

is growth good2
Is Growth Good?

Comments

  • Favorable
  • Real estate tax increase means more money for schools
  • Good for economy
  • More opportunities, more cosmopolitan, more jobs, more variety
  • More young people in the area, would bring in better business
  • More jobs, children’s activities, healthier economy
is growth good3
Is Growth Good?

CommentsCon’t

  • Favorable
  • Increase tax base and better services will follow
  • Lots of home building and different modes of living
  • Attracts more amenities (restaurants, entertainment)
  • Virginia Tech enrollment causes school expansion which affects development
is growth good4
Is Growth Good?

CommentsCon’t

Favorable

  • In controlled growth situations will bring new young people to area who will have positive impact on environment and economy
  • Stimulate local government to invest in more and better services, quality of life in particular
  • House and land value would increase
  • Need the growth to fuel infrastructure
is growth good5
Is Growth Good?

Comments Con’t

Unfavorable

  • Traffic and school problems
  • Destruction of farms and older communities
  • Developers would build and destroy green space
  • Jobs per capita has not increased with population
  • Traffic congestion
  • Crime, overcrowding
  • Congestion
is growth good6
Is Growth Good?

Comments Con’t

Unfavorable

  • Growth is choking the rural area out and taxes are increasing
  • Beautiful place to live but with more people the less beautiful it becomes
  • Haphazard development
  • Developing the land, the zoning isn’t thought through very well
  • I don’t like to see the farm land turned into housing developments
importance of population growth to company
Importance of PopulationGrowth to Company

Business Leaders

RVn=101

Very important 50%

Somewhat important 33%

Not very important 5%

Not at all important 12%

NRVn=50

52%

30%

10%

8%

see rv and nrv as one region
See RV and NRV as One Region

General Population

RVn=402

Personally 29%

Others outside region 31%

Some outside region do 8%(unaided)

NRVn=324

23%

33%

7%

see rv and nrv as one region1
See RV and NRV as One Region

Business Leaders

RVn=101

Personally 38%

Others outside region 29%

Some outside region do 10%(unaided)

NRV

n=50

38%

30%

6%

importance of promoting entire region as one
Importance of PromotingEntire Region as One

General Population

RVn=402

Very important 63%

Somewhat important 25%

Not very important 7%

Not at all important 1%

NRVn=324

62%

24%

9%

3%

importance of promoting entire region as one1
Importance of PromotingEntire Region as One

Business Leaders

NRVn=50

64%

24%

8%

4%

RVn=101

Very important 82%

Somewhat important 13%

Not very important 4%

Not at all important 0%

how to work for population employment growth
How to Work for Population/Employment Growth

General Population

RVn=402

Together 73%

Independently 17%

Don’t want growth 1%

Unsure 8%

NRVn=324

71%

23%

2%

4%

how to work for population employment growth1
How to Work for Population/Employment Growth

Business Leaders

RVn=101

Together 88%

Independently 8%

Don’t want growth 1%

Unsure 3%

NRVn=50

78%

12%

0%

10%

importance of arts cultural offerings i e theaters and museums
Importance of Arts & Cultural Offerings (i.e., theaters and museums)

General Population

NRV n=324

35%

43%

14%

4%

RVn=402

Very important 38%

Somewhat important 44%

Not very important 13%

Not at all important 4%

slide21
Importance of Roanoke Valley’sArts & Cultural Offerings to NRV(Center in the Square, Mill Mountain Theater, Roanoke Symphony, Art Museum)

General Population

RVn=402

Very important 38%

Somewhat important 38%

Not very important 12%

Not at all important 3%

NRV n=324

38%

43%

11%

5%

slide22
Importance of Roanoke Valley’sArts & Cultural Offerings to NRV(Center in the Square, Mill Mountain Theater, Roanoke Symphony, Art Museum)

Business Leaders

RVn=101

Very important 18%

Somewhat important 48%

Not very important 23%

Not at all important 3%

NRV n=50

6%

64%

20%

8%

importance of rv region s arts cultural offerings to potential relocating companies
Importance of RV/Region’sArts & Cultural Offerings toPotential Relocating Companies

Business Leaders

NRV n=50

18%

64%

14%

0%

RVn=101

Very important 46%

Somewhat important 41%

Not very important 9%

Not at all important 3%

importance of rv region s arts cultural offerings to recruiting employees
Importance of RV/Region’sArts & Cultural Offerings toRecruiting Employees

Business Leaders

RVn=101

Very important 36%

Somewhat important 53%

Not very important 5%

Not at all important 3%

NRV n=50

14%

64%

16%

4%

slide25

Companies Support Economic Development (Roanoke Valley)

Comments

  • Member of the local chamber of commerce
  • Donate to different charities
  • Members of regional partnership, chamber of commerce and better business bureau
  • A financial institution that lends to the community
  • Involved in committees that work on economic development
  • Try to grow and expand and increase your work force
slide26

Company Supports EconomicDevelopment(Roanoke Valley)

Comments Con’t

  • By expanding my own company
  • Contribute food and funds to cultural and other programs and events such as museums and Symphony Theater
  • Habitat for Humanity, supply products for homes
  • Through products and services to individuals who may be denied elsewhere
slide27

Company Support Economic Development (New River Valley)

Comments Con’t

  • Open our doors to companies interested in locating here; pay a lot in taxes
  • Belongs to downtown merchants of Blacksburg
  • Support activities through New River Valley Economic Development Alliance
  • Members of Christiansburg and Montgomery chamber of commerce
conclusions
Conclusions
  • General population supports growth and sees it as important
  • Business leaders support it even more
  • New River Valley businesses see Roanoke Valley arts as important
conclusions con t
Conclusions Con’t
  • General population and business leaders believe it is important that our two regions work together and promote themselves as one …

But they don’t see it happening!

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