Survey: Drug Abuse a Critical Challenge For Local Leaders

Posted: Updated:
INDIANAPOLIS -

A new survey conducted by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute shows local elected officials overall are optimistic about the future of their communities, but know there are serious challenges that need to be addressed. The 2017 Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations Survey, which is conducted every two years, was sent to more than 1,300 county, city, town, township and school officials throughout the state.

Jamie Palmer, director of the IACIR and senior policy analyst at the IU Public Policy Institute, says the main challenges identified by respondents were drug abuse and local roads and streets. The survey says 70 percent listed drug abuse as a major problem in their community with another 25 percent reporting it as a moderate problem.

"Drug and alcohol abuse has long come up as a big problem in my survey since 2001," said Palmer. "It was probably a little stronger this time, likely because of all the opioid issues. Local roads and streets typically comes up as a challenge for communities. This time, there was kind of mixed results because, while communities can be struggling with the issue, there are some new resources the General Assembly has given them to work on them and so you can start seeing that they're reporting that it's improving."

The survey says investing placemaking strategies has become a major focus for local leaders in order improve their communities' social, cultural, and economic situation. A majority of respondents indicated they are pursuing five of 12 identified placemaking elements, such as recreational assets and programming, attractive downtowns, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and local food opportunities.

You can view the full 2017 IACIR Survey below:

Palmer says the main challenges identified by respondents were drug abuse and local roads and streets.
  • Perspectives

    • 3 Ways to Hire For a Cultural Fit

      While the vast majority of companies long for a strong work culture, not all are willing to put in the extra effort that it requires. Instilling culture in new team members isn’t a task that can simply be checked off a list. Rather, it’s a series of things company leadership must do that begins with the hiring process. It doesn’t end there either, though. Companies must be devoted to protecting their culture at all costs. Culture doesn’t happen on it's..

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Photo of Gary City Hall courtesy of the City of Gary

      Gary Bank Partnership Awards First Microloan

      The city of Gary is partnering with First Financial Bank to offer small business loans to local businesses who enter the Gary Micro-Enterprise Initiative. The city has named Joslyn Kelly, owner of J’s Breakfast Club, the first recipient of funding through the program.

    • (photo courtesy of Aisin USA Manufacturing Inc.)

      Council Approves Seymour Projects

      Two companies in Seymour are planning expansion projects. The Seymour Tribune reports the city council has approved tax abatements for more than $47 million in investments from Aisin USA Manufacturing Inc. and The Andersons Inc.

    • (rendering courtesy city of Kokomo)

      Kokomo Hotel Could See New Developer

      City officials say a new developer for a proposed $26 million hotel and conference center in downtown Kokomo could be announced soon. The Kokomo Tribune reports the project continues to move forward despite Fishers-based Dora Hotel Co. LLC pulling out of the project earlier this month.

    • NIBCO is headquartered in Elkhart. (photo courtesy of NIBCO)

      Companies Detail Closures, Layoffs

      Four companies have announced plans to lay off a total of nearly 300 employees. In separate notices filed with the state, the companies say the moves will affect workers in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Charlestown and Peru.

    • Indiana Rail Operator to be Acquired

      The owner of several Hoosier short-line railroads will soon be under new ownership. Illinois-based Pioneer Railcorp has announced an agreement to be acquired by BRX Transportation Holdings LLC.