In December 2005, three local leadership programs – the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, The Forum for Civic Advancement and Leadership Pikes Peak – collaborated on a community issues survey.
Zoomerang, a Web-based survey tool, was used to gather and analyze data. Community leaders were asked their opinions about the most important issues facing the Pikes Peak region.
The findings, while not representational in a statistically valid sense, are interesting. In this first issue of Leadership Quarterly, we invite you, the readers of the Colorado Springs Business Journal, to take the survey. Visit http://www.zoomerangColoradoSprings.com. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete. In the next issue of Leadership Quarterly, results will be published to see if your answers agree with the findings below.
The top community issue, chosen by 52 percent of the respondents, was effective community leadership. Community leadership received the highest number of votes by men and women, and from those living here from one year to a lifetime. Selected comments from respondents:
The second priority, selected by 32 percent of respondents, was adequate physical infrastructure. Reasons why include:
The third community priority, identified by 29 percent of respondents, was acceptance of diversity. More women (62 percent) than men (38 percent) selected acceptance of diversity as an important issue.
The fourth community priority, selected by 25 percent of respondents, was quality of kindergarten through 12th-grade education. More men (66 percent) than women (34 percent) identified quality of K-12 education as a significant issue.