Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52rewarding,” Greer CityAdministrator Ed Driggers said. The Voice of the People Awards are the only hon- or given in local government based on community opinion. The perspectives of the residents themselves determine nominees for the very best of community engagement, safety, mobility, foundations of livabili- ty, recreation and wellness, education and enrichment, natural environment, built environment and economy. The City of Greer utilized the National Citizen Sur- vey in both 2011 and 2015 to measure resident opinions and satisfaction with local government and services with a scientific, representative sample approach. “The results of those surveys play an important role in how we strategically prepare for budgeting, perfor- mance measurement and program planning,” said As- sistant City Administrator Mike Sell, who coordinates the survey and performance reporting. “We’re grateful to all residents who completed the National Citizen Survey and helped to create a blueprint for how we can better serve the community. Our goal is to see contin- ued improvement when we survey citizens in 2019.” The Voice of the People Awards are presented by the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center, Inc. Assistant City Ad- ministrator Mike Sell accepted the city’s award at the 102nd annual ICMA conference in Kansas City, Mo. Voice of the People aids city planning 2 Key planning through such tools as the Greer Com- munity Master Plan and monitoring progress through the National Citizen Survey have proven to be effective as the City of Greer works to improve not only infra- structure but also the quality of life for residents. National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) has validat- ed the effectiveness of those planning efforts, naming the City of Greer as winner of the 2016 Voice of the People Award for Transformation in Foundations of Livability. The award is presented only to jurisdictions that best listen and act to improve their communities. NRC president Tom Miller said City of Greer res- idents’ responses through the National Citizen Survey reflected the highest levels of improvement with foun- dations of livability and economy compared with all other participating jurisdictions. “This is a unique opportunity to see evidence of best practices quantified by survey results,” Miller said, adding that recognizing top jurisdictions can even ben- efit other communities. “Others can understand the successes of their colleagues and get to know what’s working best in America.” “It’s a tremendous honor to be among the nation’s leaders for improvement in foundations of livabili- ty and economy. That’s our ultimate goal and to have those efforts validated by those who live here is very