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TOP 5 SUGGESTED ITEM Lack of skilled and diversified work force Closed community cliquish Lack of support for locals from locals Transient work force/work force housing High poverty rate Negativity of population (ie: TOPIX) Teen pregnancies Vacant commercial properties Generational poverty County budget process Lack of regional cooperation Lack of full-time economic development director Lack of work ethic Distance from metro Adult literacy rate/perception of indadequate workforce Best and Brightest flight (no ability to attract) Website needs to be updated for younger populace Chamber pro-active with businesses we have Education-balance sports and education/ Not AYP Lack of unified face by county officials (balance budget, postpone votes, etc.) Lack of cultural arts such as horseback riding Need broader presentation on Development Authorities Need to refer to Wiregrass as a technical college not a trade school or vo-tech School system Maximize our historical importance Low mean income Lack of nice hotel/chain Lack of spec buildings Lack of choice in entertainment/night life Lack of shopping 13 % unemployment rate


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WEAKNESSES TIMES ALSO MENTIONED 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Graduation rate Need public transportation Lack of choice in restaurants Weak/ low tax base Uneducated work force No direct access to I-75 or four lane highway to I-75

ALSO MENTIONED Youth flight-best and brightest leave Lack of diversity in industry Lack of cultural events Lack of career ladders Ignorance Lack of awareness of community issues Lack of community mental health services Non-inclusive Community presentation/ signage presentation Hotels Lack of direct access to I-75 Not "friendly" to relocating families (weekend closings) Small-town mentality Lack of quality housing available Need to be open to consolidation High cost of utilities Tracking centers Not enough loans/speculative money available/banking environment No rail sites with siding County government financial issues Duplicated government services High school drop out rate Lack of entertainment Lack of shopping Temporary housing


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Crime Lack of retirement community Lack of diversified recreation


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