Transcription of Nominal Group Question Flipcharts

Future Story: Community Visioning Project
Nominal Group Technique Question
Response by group
What assets or opportunities can we capitalize upon to create our future story?

Group 1
1. Manufacturing history
2. Bring back small business and industry
3. Provide mass transit
4. Underutilized properties
5. Untapped creativity of residents
6. Dedicated business owners
7. Increase local opportunities
8. Quality rental housing
9. Higher education partnerships
10. K-12 partnerships
11. Use library as community support resource
12. Economic/social/cultural programs
13. Allegheny River Recreation
14. Adequate water supply
15. Walkable/bike-able
16. Local government that embraces change
17. Training of under-served people
18. Diversity in government
19. Educated senior population
20. Attract artists
21. All ethnic heritages
22. Cross-institutional communication

The top 5 identified by this group were in this order
1. 3. Provide mass transit
2. 7. Increase local opportunities
3. (Tie) 9. Higher education partnerships 2. Bring back small business and industry
4. 14 adequate water supply

Group 2.
1. Riverfront property
2. WCCCNK
3. Availability of unused property
4. Railroad tracks
5. Access to Rt. 28 and Turnpike
6. National historic district
7. Good people with creative ideas
8. YMCA
9. Land that can be developed
10. Library
11. PSNK and technical schools
12. Churches
13. Retired citizens for mentoring and repair and handyman services
14. Social services personal and organizational
15. Parks
16. Rich manufacturing history
17. Other history
18. Affordable housing
19. Diverse population
20. Pucketa Creek as a trout stream
21. Aquaponics

Top 4 identified by this group in order
1. (Tie) 1. Riverfront property 3. Availability of unused property
2. 11. PSNK and technical schools
3. 7. Railroad tracks

Group 3
1. Existing infrastructure
2. Churches
3. Existing railroad LRT to Pittsburgh
4. Diversity of population
5. Rich cultural heritage
6. Banks/ financial institutions/credit unions
7. Existing human services i.e. YMCA, library
8. Student/youth talents
9. Allegheny riverfront opportunities
10. Vacant lots/ abandoned structures
11. Higher education PSNK, WCCCNK
12. Small business
13. Medical facilities
14. Geographic connection to Pittsburgh
15. People/local government/peers/educators/pastors
16. Tax advantages/ Keystone Opportunity Zone
17. Utilities-water/gas/electric
18. Agricultural development
19. Optimism/community involvement/willingness to change
20. Circles initiative
21. Parks

The top five identified by this group in order:
1. 1. Existing Infrastructure
2. 2. Churches
3. 8. Student/youth talents
4. (Tie) 3.Existing rail lines/ 6. Banks/ 7. Human services/ 12.small businesses
5. (Tie) 20. Circles/ 19. Community optimism/ 9. Riverfront opportunities / 13. Medical facilities

Group 4
1. Riverfront
2. Record and develop cultural assets/historical assets
3. Educational opportunities
4. Parks/ opportunities for families as a whole
5. Get aid from any local, state, and federal agencies that can help
6. Capitalize on local existing infrastructure
7. Ethnic traditions and food
8. Railways and transportation networks
9. Capitalize on experience of local business owners/ create internships/mentorships
10. Access to healthcare
11. Empty lots-develop green spaces/parks/community gardens
12. Utilize all age groups/ bring people together
13. New generations to do better than older generations
14. Bring organizations together/use to full ability
15. Small schools/access to different types of post-secondary education/ votech, WCCC, art, nursing , technical schools
16. Vacant buildings-rehab for residences and businesses
17. Access to high-level government officials
18. Food resources (local and commercial)
19. Create better cross-cultural understandings
20. Faith community to identify and service unmet needs

The top five in order are:
1. 2.Record and develop cultural/historical assets
2. 15.Small schools/access to different types of post-secondary education/ votech, WCCC, art, nursing , technical schools
3. 12. Utilize all age groups/ bring people together
4. 20. Faith community to identify and service unmet needs
5. 8. Railways and transportation networks

Group 5
1. Riverfront development
2. Community members
3. Demand for housing
4. Residents of Alle-Kiski Pavilion to volunteer
5. Churches are united
6. Utilize vacant land
7. Opportunity to drive local PR
8. Youth talent
9. Useable city-owned properties
10. Community-driven block watches-safety
11. Develop community gardens/farmers market
12. Partnering between existing social services
13. Opportunity to expand transportation options/train/riverboat/bus
14. Utilize hospital for shelter
15. Use existing social service groups to get involved in schools/youth services
16. Utilize local talent/backgrounds/church to mentor youth/ improve school curriculum
17. Revitalize parks/green spaces
18. Stimulate small business growth and entrepreneurial incentives

The top 5 answers in order:
1. 12. Partnering between existing social services
2. 16. Utilize local talent/backgrounds/church to mentor youth/improve school curriculum
3. 11. Develop community gardens/farmers market
4. Residents of Alle-Kiski Pavilion to volunteer
5. 17. Revitalize parks/green spaces

Group 6
1. Desire for change
2. Strong community
3. No retail center
4. Utilize current resources
5. Support/expand YMCA
6. Utilize pride/ethnicity/traditions
7. Create atmospheres that attract
8. Churches and schools
9. Affordable housing
10. Increase cultural opportunities
11. Bridges Out of Poverty
12. Promote walkable/ bike-able community
13. Public transportation improvement
14. Utilize redevelopment authority
15. Riverfront development
16. Capitalize on debt free city
17. Expand outreach and mentoring
18. Catalyst of networks
19. Capitalize on network of community leaders (social capital)
20. Vacant property redeveloped to larger businesses
21. Entrepreneurial incubation for new business energy
22. Citizen accountability

 
The top five answers in order:
1. 5.Support and expand YMCA
2. 1. Desire for change
3. 8. Churches and schools
4. (Tie) 21. Entrepreneurial incubation for new business energy 4. Utilize current resources

 

 

Group 7
1. Diversity of people
2. Spirituality/patriotism
3. Approach large companies to invest in our community
4. Variety of non-profit organizations
5. River/fresh water
6. Young people and families
7. PSNK, WCCCNK, Votech
8. Storefronts/main street/ big and small business
9. Connectivity
10. Strengthen communication between municipalities
11. Riverfront property
12. Land development
13. Raise fish
14. Bedroom community
15. Wealth of cultural activities
16. Walkable community
17. Elderly population “mentorships”
18. Community Actions program
19. Local parks/recreation/boating/canoeing
20. Proximity to medical facilities
21. Affordable housing
22. Central MOA to DC/Cleveland/Toronto/Buffalo
23. Community enthusiasm

 
The top 5 answers in order:
1. 7.PSNK/WCCCNK/Votech
2. 11. Riverfront property
3. 1. Diversity of people
4. 5. River fresh water
5. 2. Spirituality/ patriotism

 

 

When all of the groups top five answers are taken together and weighted I get the following as the top 5 overall.
1. The people and their qualities (15 points)
2. Schools especially post-secondary (14 points)
3. (Tie) Churches and faith community, social/community services (13 points)
4. Mass Transit/Railroad (10 points)
5. The River (7 points)
These, of course, are very subjective categorization

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