Life in the Heartland's recent survey showed residents view infrastructure and air quality as top issues.
The survey was done via telephone to roughly 400 residents in the area, it's purpose is to hear the public’s views about industry, environment and how much they follow industrial development.
“Tracking resident perceptions and issues provides valuable insight on trends and shifting priorities for the Industrial Heartland community,” said Tracey Hill, Life in the Heartland chair. “Our ability to identify emerging issues, like the economy, in addition to a sustained trend in environmental topics helps us continue to provide relevant information to our audience and helps to guide our engagement activities a community organization.”
Traffic and jobs followed the top two issues.
More than 60 per cent rated the air quality in their location as excellent or good and 27 per cent rated their air quality as average.
There was a 74 per cent interest in safety and emergency response issues.
When compared to the 2015 survey, infrastructure remained unchanged, while traffic and environment concerns dropped in priority.
“With more than 33 per cent of respondents indicating that they have heard of the Life in the Heartland initiative, our organization will continue to communicate with community and work to provide relevant, timely information about industrial development in the region,” added Hill.