A CLOSER LOOK

In the fall of 2016, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation launched a process to learn more about the pressing issues facing our region. As a foundation with a 30-year history of helping to build stronger communities, we are privileged to partner with donors, nonprofits and community leaders as they work to enrich lives and meet urgent needs every day. 


Looking toward our future, we wanted to gather a set of data and have a series of deliberate discussions to hear directly from a diverse range of residents. We wanted to know from their perspectives what is most important for improving lives, what challenges they face and what is keeping them in - or causing them to consider leaving - this extraordinary region.
Working with a research partner, we held a dozen focus groups, launched four online surveys and reviewed existing data and reports. "A Closer Look" results from that process.

Download the report [PDF 26MB]

Read it online [via Flipsnack]

PROMISING APPROACHES

Over the course of this project, many locally grown strategies that aim to have a positive impact on the trends described in this report were shared by participants or evident from research. This list is not exhaustive, but provides a window on good work that is happening across the region.

Download our list of initiatives with momentum [PDF 133KB]

We welcome your input on projects and initiatives that are gaining traction in your community. Please use the form below to share your ideas with us.