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Strenghening Stark - A Call For Economic Transformation

At the request of the Stark Civic Group, an informal group of organizational leaders from our county, Stark Community Foundation commissioned Strengthening Stark, a clear-eyed assessment of the current economic and social health of Stark County.

Released in August 2017, the report examines key issues that shape the county's vibrancy. It recommends specific actions to help reverse downward trends and transform Stark into a growing and more prosperous community.

Key findings of the report include:

Key Findings of Strengthening Stark

You can also download a one-page summary of the report.

While data is provided for each emerging issue, recommendations are also suggested for how a bold, aggressive economic plan could transform us from a county that is becoming smaller, older and relatively poorer into a larger, younger and more prosperous community. Stark County is on the verge of a transformation, and the choice is ours to determine our future.

The data-driven Strengthening Stark report spurred a county-wide community conversation that has since led to the creation of a community-wide movement of residents, businesses, government, nonprofits and philanthropy who share a vision for a vibrant, growing county.

The Strengthening Stark partners have retained a small staff to bring the right people to the discussion, build support for existing efforts and catalyze new initiatives as part of the Strengthening Stark Economic Competitiveness Plan. The plan is aimed at transforming Stark County from a smaller, older and poorer community into a larger, younger and more prosperous community.

Learn more about the Strengthening Stark movement and how you can get involved by visiting www.strengtheningstark.com.

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