Kalamazoo Resident Feedback Sought through Community Survey


The City of Kalamazoo is asking residents to participate in a city-wide survey to evaluate how city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the city, and to make comparisons with peer cities.

A random and scientific sample of 1,700 households will receive invitations in the mail to participate in the National Community Survey (NCS). The NCS was developed by the National Research Center with the assistance of the International City/County Management Association to provide cities with a method to measure citizen opinions. The survey includes questions about quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services and resident use of services. Survey responses are weighted to reflect the characteristics of the entire community.

Residents that have been selected to participate will first receive a notification postcard informing them to expect a survey to follow. Surveys will be mailed with brief instructions and a postage-paid return envelope. Participation in the survey will be opened to the broader community later in May via an opt-in web survey. All responses to this survey are completely anonymous.

This will be the second time that Kalamazoo residents have been asked to participate in the NCS. Residents were first surveyed in 2017.

“In 2017 we surveyed residents to establish a benchmark and validate input that was informing Imagine Kalamazoo 2025,” stated Deputy City Manager Laura Lam. “As we move forward implementing the plan, we can gauge how the work of the IK2025 plan is impacting life in the City of Kalamazoo.”

About the National Community Survey

The National Community Survey was among the first scientific surveys developed to gather resident opinion on a range of community issues, and has been used in more than 400 jurisdictions across 46 states. The NCS™ is a cost-effective scientific survey of resident opinion and an important benchmarking tool that allows for comparison among communities. Communities using The NCS have reported that the tool helped improve performance, strengthen communications with community stakeholders, and identify clear priorities for use in goal and budget setting.


City of Kalamazoo to Celebrate 26 Years as a Tree City on Arbor Day


To commemorate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 26, four trees will be planted in the median area of Crane Park, bounded by Westnedge Avenue, Park Street, and Maple Street. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and volunteers are welcome to join. Parking will be available along Maple Street.

Four species will be planted: American Beech, Red Maple, Black Gum, and Dogwood, all of which are native species of the region.

The location for this event was chosen after numerous requests, including many from the recently concluded tree planting survey on www.imaginekalamazoo.com. The location also has the space to support mature trees and is in need of canopy cover.

This event is organized by the City of Kalamazoo’s Forestry Division and Department of Parks & Recreation, as well as the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and Tree Committee.

This Arbor Day will make the 26th year that the City of Kalamazoo has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. To be recognized, a City must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a forestry program, and observe Arbor Day, among other requirements. 

In total, the City of Kalamazoo plans to plant 500 new trees in 2019, thanks to support from the Foundation for Excellence. 


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