Colorado Springs, Colo. (PRWEB) October 07, 2011
The fifth edition of the Quality of Life Indicators report for the Pikes Peak region is being released tomorrow. The 2011 report indicates the region continues to be bolstered by a strong military presence and is more affordable than our benchmark cities. In addition to the challenges posed by a weak economy, the report highlights some community and social challenges, which need to be addressed. For the first time, the publication demonstrates how land use in the region is impacting a variety of factors that influence the quality of life in the Pikes Peak region. The report is developed under the leadership of Pikes Peak United Way with support from Leadership Pikes Peak and the Pikes Peak Library District.
The 2011 QLI report reveals that the Pikes Peak region is still a great place to live and work. A comprehensive review of the entire report shows three major recurring themes affecting quality of life in the region:
1. Economy – Modest economic growth and loss of jobs impacts every aspect of quality of life
2. Social Challenges – Lack of a sense of community and cooperation to drive collaboration to address numerous social challenges efficiently and effectively
3. Land use – The low population density of the region drives the increased cost of providing many needed services to neighborhoods
The QLI report is a report card of the Pikes Peak region’s strengths and the challenges impacting quality of life. The publication can be used by organizations and local government to focus on areas in need of improvement through a collaborative strategic planning process. Additionally, the document is a valuable tool for citizens interested in understanding and improving local quality of life.
“Working together, as a community of more than 600,000 citizens across the Pikes Peak region, improving and enhancing our quality of life is going to be an essential task to enable us to reach our full potential in the future,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach. “I encourage all members of our community to read the report and explore areas where they can help us move forward and improve our quality of life…together.”
Nearly 200 community volunteers prepared this objective report about the quality of life in the Pikes Peak region. Using more than 130 pages of information in the report and examining more than 100 indicators, citizens and organizations will be able to identify trends, set priorities and make informed decisions about policies and actions that deserve investments of time, talent and resources. Once again, the 2011 QLI report includes several gold stars identifying specific strengths and red flags pointing to areas in need of attention. If there is one overarching need the 2011 report makes clear, it is for continued community conversations and collaborations regarding areas for improvement.
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