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January 26, 2011

Paula Ellis in Newsday: What makes us love where we live (and why it matters)

Originally published Jan. 20, as an OpEd in Newsday.
 
What makes 43,000 people from across the United States love where they live?
 
It’s not what you think.
 
A good job? A bustling local economy? Access to good health care?
 
December 21, 2010

Recap of Survey Results Now Available Through (Recorded) Webinar

Knight Foundation recently explored the results of the Soul of the Community survey with 18 community foundation leaders from across the United States.

The webinar gives a great overview of the findings and talks about how some leaders are already using them to strengthen their community. 

 Recorded Dec, 17, 2010.

December 20, 2010

Video: Q&A, Knight Soul of the Community Findings (5/5)

Jon Clifton, Katherine Loflin and Paula Ellis field questions from community leaders and media at launch of Knight Soul of the Community 2010 findings.

Video 5 of 5.

December 20, 2010

Q&A, Knight Soul of the Community Findings (4/5)

Jon Clifton, Katherine Loflin and Paula Ellis field questions from community leaders and media at launch of Knight Soul of the Community 2010 findings.

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Video 4 of 5.

January 26, 2011

Paula Ellis in Newsday: What makes us love where we live (and why it matters)

Originally published Jan. 20, as an OpEd in Newsday.
 
What makes 43,000 people from across the United States love where they live?
 
It’s not what you think.
 
A good job? A bustling local economy? Access to good health care?
 
Important, but not vital, a new Gallup survey funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has found.
December 21, 2010

Recap of Survey Results Now Available Through (Recorded) Webinar

Knight Foundation recently explored the results of the Soul of the Community survey with 18 community foundation leaders from across the United States.

The webinar gives a great overview of the findings and talks about how some leaders are already using them to strengthen their community. 

 Recorded Dec, 17, 2010.

December 20, 2010

Video: Q&A, Knight Soul of the Community Findings (5/5)

Jon Clifton, Katherine Loflin and Paula Ellis field questions from community leaders and media at launch of Knight Soul of the Community 2010 findings.

Video 5 of 5.

December 20, 2010

Q&A, Knight Soul of the Community Findings (4/5)

Jon Clifton, Katherine Loflin and Paula Ellis field questions from community leaders and media at launch of Knight Soul of the Community 2010 findings.

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Video 4 of 5.

December 20, 2010

Katherine Loflin interprets 2010 Knight Soul of the Community Findings (3/5)

Katherine Loflin, lead consultant, interprets Soul of the Community 2010 findings at Gallup Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Video 3 of 5.

December 20, 2010

Paula Ellis presents 2010 Knight Soul of the Community Findings (2/5)

Paula Ellis, Vice President / Strategic Initiatives at Knight Foundation, presents Knight Soul of the Community 2010 Findings at Gallup Headquarters in Washington DC.

Video 2 of 5.

December 20, 2010

Video: Jon Clifton introduces 2010 Knight Soul of the Community Findings (1/5)

Jon Clifton, Deputy Director of Gallup World Poll, introduces Knight Soul of the Community 2010 Findings at Gallup Headquarters in Washington DC.

Video 1 of 5.

November 29, 2010

'Money’s Not Everything: Surprise City Poll Results'

By Neal Peirce of Citiwire.net, Nov. 25, 2010:© 2010 Washington Post Writers Group

Could it be? That there’s a smarter way for cities and towns to bolster their local economies and tax bases?

We know the old and familiar way — grant tax subsidies or other special favors to nail down new office or factory prospects. Local tax bases take a hit and all taxpayers end up subsidizing the favored businesses.

November 16, 2010

'It's not the money -- we love Miami for other reasons'

 By Jordan Levin of The Miami Herald, Nov. 16, 2010: 

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Residents of Miami-Dade said social activities (especially nightlife), education (at least colleges and universities) and aesthetics were reasons to stay.

For Geane Brito, 40, it's Miami's wealth of beaches and access to the Everglades and other natural riches. Also, the area offers activities for daughter Isadora, 10, and son Magnus, 8, and cultural similarities to Brito's native Brazil that have kept her and husband Daniel Kron happy since leaving New York eight years ago for what Brito dubbed the ``flip-flop republic.''

November 16, 2010

'Americans Like Their Communities Because of Schools, but Don't Necessarily Like Schools'

 From EducationWeek, Nov. 16, 2010: 

Americans like where they live for a number of reasons, including their local schools, even though this doesn't necessarily translate into either high regard for the schools or a proclivity to become involved in public education.

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"Education tends to be one of the highest rated attachment drivers," according to the report. Social and cultural offerings, "openness" to people of all ages and backgrounds, and aesthetics were the other major reasons why people like where they live. Yet, just 22 percent gave high marks to the quality of local public schools. (The study did not disaggregate findings by whether or not one had children in school.)

Discover the soul of your community

Great schools, affordable health care and safe streets all help create strong communities. But is there something deeper that draws people to a city – that makes them want to put down roots and build a life?

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