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MP100, Reviewed October 1993

A Case Study in a Community Development Technique: The Hannibal Community Survey

Editor's note
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John A. Croll
Department of Community Development

A community survey can be a great place to start in learning what residents like most about their community and what they would like to change. Hannibal conducted such a survey in 1963. The process, from the survey's conception to changes it initiated, is outlined in this publication. Close cooperation between MU, town officials, volunteers and the news media made the survey a success. They were able to sample 28 percent of the households with a survey return of more than 85 percent.

Results included bringing in new industry such as an American Cyanamid plant, constructing a new pool and recreational area and expanding the local educational system.

The actual survey is included as an appendix in the back. A discussion of the community development process is included as well.



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