Quality of Place – Fostering
      Hope in Uncertain Times


Community Development Society
      2009 Conference
Mark Pete...
Quality of Life and Place –
     Building Vibrant Communities
           in the 21st Century


Community Development Socie...
Breakthrough News
• Electronic newsletter
• The purpose of Breakthrough News is to
  help communities and regions survive ...
Quality of Life and Place

Basic quality of life amenities plus
 extraordinary personal experiences
 that draw people to l...
Three Primary Motivators
• People like to feel unique and
  appreciated.
• People also like to feel as if they are
  part ...
In the 20th Century, one lived
  where their work was.
In the 21st Century, one works
  where their life is.
Breakthrough Solutions Program
 • Holistic community development to develop
       vibrant communities and regions
 • Stra...
Examples of High Quality of Life
         and Place?
Little Rock River Market
Hope Watermelon Festival
Add other QOP info here
Quality of Life and Place
• Millions of people and businesses can
  live (almost) anywhere
• Strategic Question: Does your...
Popsicle Test

• Can you get from the corner store to your
  home without your popsicle melting?
Smooch Test


• Would you feel comfortable walking with
  your date in the evening?
Kid Test

• Would kids feel comfortable walking in
  your neighborhood?
• Better yet, would they enjoy your
  neighborhood?
Senior Test
• Can senior citizens easily get around?
• Would they feel comfortable in your
  neighborhood?
Commons Test
• Are there common places – civic spaces
  where people can gather easily?
• Are they built for easy walking,...
Experience Test
Does your community offer a variety of
 experiences, appealing to people at all
 stages of life: arts, mus...
Quality of Place Quiz
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Quality of Place: Fostering Hope in Uncertain Times

Mark Peterson, University of Arkansas Extension
High quality of place - basic quality of life amenities plus extraordinary personal experiences - is valuable in the knowledge-based economy. In uncertain times, it fosters hope that a community will survive and grow. In this workshop, participants will be given tools to create a community quality of place plan.

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Quality of Place Workshop

  1. 1. Quality of Place – Fostering Hope in Uncertain Times Community Development Society 2009 Conference Mark Peterson July 29, 2009
  2. 2. Quality of Life and Place – Building Vibrant Communities in the 21st Century Community Development Society 2009 Conference Mark Peterson July 29, 2009
  3. 3. Breakthrough News • Electronic newsletter • The purpose of Breakthrough News is to help communities and regions survive and thrive in the 21st century economy • Success stories, best practices, new resources, coming events, strategic thinking
  4. 4. Quality of Life and Place Basic quality of life amenities plus extraordinary personal experiences that draw people to live, work and play in their community. An energy, a community spirit
  5. 5. Three Primary Motivators • People like to feel unique and appreciated. • People also like to feel as if they are part of something larger than themselves. • Everyone likes to play and have fun.
  6. 6. In the 20th Century, one lived where their work was. In the 21st Century, one works where their life is.
  7. 7. Breakthrough Solutions Program • Holistic community development to develop vibrant communities and regions • Strategic plan that harnesses the forces of change • Research based • Supports implementation and measures impact
  8. 8. Examples of High Quality of Life and Place?
  9. 9. Little Rock River Market
  10. 10. Hope Watermelon Festival
  11. 11. Add other QOP info here
  12. 12. Quality of Life and Place • Millions of people and businesses can live (almost) anywhere • Strategic Question: Does your community/region offer a high quality of life and extraordinary personal experiences to these people?
  13. 13. Popsicle Test • Can you get from the corner store to your home without your popsicle melting?
  14. 14. Smooch Test • Would you feel comfortable walking with your date in the evening?
  15. 15. Kid Test • Would kids feel comfortable walking in your neighborhood? • Better yet, would they enjoy your neighborhood?
  16. 16. Senior Test • Can senior citizens easily get around? • Would they feel comfortable in your neighborhood?
  17. 17. Commons Test • Are there common places – civic spaces where people can gather easily? • Are they built for easy walking, or do you have to drive to them?
  18. 18. Experience Test Does your community offer a variety of experiences, appealing to people at all stages of life: arts, music, athletics, health and fitness venues, parks, cyber cafes, senior citizen programs, pre-school and after-school care?
  19. 19. Quality of Place Quiz

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