The community of Bandera, Texas won first place with a total of 180 points, the highest number of points compared to its population of 956[i]. The Bandera Independent School District will receive $1,000 to put towards a new computer or laptops for students! The Wheeler community came in second place and had the most community participation for Survey 1.
The surveys were part of a larger research project led by the IC2 Institute. Over the summer, the instituted hired and trained over 60 UT Austin students to study 83 small communities in Texas and Louisiana through interviews and surveys. The students investigated community assets and listened carefully to learn what values community members held dear and how they perceived their community. These findings provide the foundation for building a values-based strategy for economic development.
Student researchers promoted the survey by asking interviewees to share the survey, posting the link on social media, and reaching out to local news outlets. Out of 80 Texas communities that received surveys from the IC2 Institute’s Regional Economic Recovery Initiative, only one community could win the $1,000 award. Each Texas community that received the survey was eligible for the survey incentive prize of $1,000 for the community’s school district. The rules of the incentive were that $1,000 would go to the school district of the community that earned the most survey points divided by its population. There were two parts to the survey, Survey 1 was worth 1 point and Survey 2 was worth 3 points.
Shout-out to the community members that took both surveys and helped Bandera ISD get $1,000 for a new computer or laptops!
[i] (2019) Texas Demographic Center, Population Estimates and Projections Program, https://demographics.texas.gov/Data/TPEPP/Estimates/