What do you like about Duncan? What would you change if you could?

Those questions and more are in a survey that residents are being asked to complete.

The surveys can be found online at www.ocionline.org/duncan.aspx or they can be picked up at the Duncan Chamber of Commerce office, The Duncan Banner, Woolsey’s or the Duncan Public Library.

Responses to the survey must be turned in by Tuesday. The completed surveys will help a citizens steering committee prepare for a series of five input sessions.

It’s all part of helping make Duncan a better place to live.

A group of concerned citizens has been meeting in recent weeks, with the goal of developing a concerted focus to improve Duncan.

Called “Dream Duncan’s Destiny,” the group is launching a community-wide city effort that would produce improvements in a wide range of areas for both today and for the future.

Anyone can attend the meetings, set for Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 16, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 at the Simmons Center. Each session will begin with a light snack at 5:30 p.m.

The actual planning begins at 6 and will be finished by 9.

All areas that could be improved are up for discussion — with an emphasis particularly on youth and family, senior citizens, education, retail, health care, government, industry, and social services. The Oklahoma Community Institute, fresh off similar efforts in Chickasha, Pauls Valley and Norman, is helping the local effort.

The OCI is a private, non-profit organization created through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce as part of the state’s five-year economic development plan. OCI assists communities throughout Oklahoma in developing a long-range vision and plan, as well as helping identify those individuals from within the community to participate in the process of implementing those ideas. The survey is only one part of the process, which also includes researching local data. local feedback and state and national information.

Questions on the survey focus on public safety, the quality of schools and city services, health care, and volunteerism.

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