It may be difficult to say what the future will bring to Grant County, but community members have an easy opportunity to let local leaders know what their priorities are through a new survey.

Grant County, the city of John Day, Blue Mountain Hospital District and Grant School District are working with Oregon Solutions to develop consensus around a project to benefit the community. The agencies have commissioned a survey from Oregon’s Kitchen Table, seeking input from as many county residents as possible to determine priorities for the future.

The survey is simple and quick. It allows community members the chance to get involved and offer ideas. People can rank a variety of possible projects that could transform the community.

What do you think is most important for Grant County? New and renovated homes? An innovation center? Additional recreational opportunities? Improved access to high-speed internet? A new educational campus? Increased business variety? Access to higher education? Destination tourism? Or something else?

If more people respond, the results will better reflect the will of the community. And that’s the point. A community project needs buy-in from the community.

The survey is available online at https://consultations.oregonskitchentable.org. Paper copies are also available at the John Day City Hall during business hours. Surveys will be accepted until June 23.

This consensus-building process is a great step toward the future the community can create, and this survey is a great chance for the entire community to get involved.

We hope everyone will get on board and take the survey.

So what is it you want to see? Now is the time to voice your opinions.

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