The Make Your Mark! survey was launched on May 5, 2016 as a public interest campaign to bring about awareness of the association and to solicit direct feedback from the public regarding their interest in the future of Claremore. The basis of the survey was established upon the outcomes of two focus groups held on May 3, 2016.
A select group was invited to attend one of two focus group sessions based upon their role in the community. More than 35 participants represented the City of Claremore, Rogers County, large employers, small business owners, the faith community, Rogers State University, and educated professionals from banking, finance, civil engineering, homebuilding, and commercial development. The sessions were professionally facilitated by a neutral third party who directed participants through a visioning exercise narrowing their desires into prioritized outcomes.
Feedback from both the survey and focus groups have striking similarities. A surprising outcome is the high priority placed upon a thriving outdoor culture that supports multiple trail networks, a comprehensive sidewalk for pedestrian traffic connecting neighborhoods to schools and Rogers State University to commercial districts, and further development of outdoor activities at Claremore Lake. A desire for increased variety within dining and entertainment as well as and expressed need for housing options and improved transportation constituted the priorities.
Results from the survey have informed this strategic plan which focused on three initiatives:
The plan can be read online in it's entirety.