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What attracts people to Western communities?

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Community Builders, a project of the Sonoran Institute, is seeking respondents to an online survey on local economies that is available through May.

The survey is part of a larger study that seeks to understand more about local economies by researching what attracts people and businesses to towns throughout Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

"The results should help towns and cities throughout the West think about, and pursue, economic development," said Jennifer Hill of the Sonoran Institute, an organization that helps communities in the West align planning, resource conservation and economic development efforts. "It should help us understand how to attract, and keep, good jobs and talented workers."

The group has partnered with chambers of commerce around the region to conduct the survey, including those in Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Carbondale.

Hill said the group has had a strong response so far but is seeking more responses from Western residents, business owners, employees and students between now and the end of May, when the survey closes.

The survey is available online until Friday, May 23, at http://survey.rrcresearch.com/s3/placevaluecommunity or at http://www.CommunityBuilders.net/placevalue. It takes about five minutes to complete, and respondents will be entered in a drawing for a $50 prize.

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Community Builders intends to release the results and accompanying analysis at http://www.communitybuilders.net/placevalue this summer.

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