Buffalo Assessment Finds Strengths, Weaknesses

Buffalo Assessment Finds Strengths, Weaknesses

The Buffalo Community Assessment took place Wednesday and Thursday, and concluded with a public meeting where the findings of the assessment team were shared.

More than 60 people participated in the survey portion of the assessment, providing their opinions on topics ranging from housing, schools, community economic development to the local trails system.

Most of the findings were positive, but a number of shortcomings were identified by the public.

City planner Zach Montgomery said the information is invaluable as a tool for the City.

Some strengths identified were location, recreational opportunities, history/culture, the people and the historic downtown.

Weaknesses or issues included affordable housing, lack of economic diversity and jobs, few youth-oriented events, and the lack of communication/cooperation between governmental agencies.

The two main projects the public wants to see happen were a sports complex and a community events center.

Jo Ferguson, with the Wyoming Rural Development Council that compiled the assessment, had this to say about Buffalo.

The next step in the process, she said, will be to compile the information into a formal report that will be presented to the city in the next 4 to 6 weeks, then members of the team will make a follow-up visit in 2 to 3 months and help identify the top goals of the city and help implement them.

The reports will be made available to the public.

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