Southern Arizona residents prize the area’s climate and natural beauty, but they're concerned about a lack of well-paying jobs and K-12 education, the results of a non-scientific poll show.
The Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona conducted the online poll as part of a larger project to help businesses and nonprofits make better decisions about the community.
Ultimately, the Southern Arizona indicators project will launch a website to provide information to potential donors, businesses and the general public, said Tony Penn, the president and CEO of the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.
“The more information we can provide to our donor base, they’ll make better decisions about where to target their contributions,” Penn said.
The top concerns of those who responded to the poll included the area’s shortages of good jobs, the state of primary school education and poverty.
Southern Arizona’s strongest assets included its climate and natural beauty. Most of those who responded said they’d be likely or extremely likely to recommend their community to a friend or associate as a place to live.
Read more details about the survey tomorrow online and in the Arizona Daily Star.