, Muskogee, OK

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May 20, 2013

Tell AIM what you want

Survey offers chance to set priorities

Now is the time for the community at-large to tell Action In Muskogee what it wants by filling out the “AIM Survey,” said Lisa Wade Raasch.

 The survey asks questions such as “What three restaurants would you like to have in Muskogee?” “What retail stores do you want to come to Muskogee” and “Would you support public funding to finance a major development initiative in Muskogee?”

It seeks to find out if family entertainment, education, nightlife or retail shopping are high priorities, among many other choices.

Wade Raasch, co-chair of AIM, said the survey of about 35 questions will help AIM with it’s goal of improving life in Muskogee through projects the initiative will focus on in the near future.

“It’s an opportunity to identify the community’s priorities,” she said. “What’s important to some in our community might be less important to others. By asking them to rank their priorities it will help us see where there is broad support.”

Wade Raasch said the sooner surveys are completed the sooner professionals can get to work using the information.

 “The survey responses will not only help guide AIM toward a signature project,” Wade Raasch said, “but it also gives area business and economic leaders information in real-time in what development they should be seeking for the community in retail, restaurants and entertainment venues.”

Wade Raasch said the survey will be available online for about a month at the Port of Muskogee website or SurveyMonkey site.

“One thing that would really help us get widespread and diverse participation is if businesses, civic organizations, churches, any place people gather would encourage people to participate in the survey,” she said.

For those who either cannot or choose not to use the Internet to complete the survey, paper copies will be available at the Port of Muskogee office downtown and the Muskogee Public Library.

“We’ll hand-enter their responses as well to try and reach people who don’t have Internet access,” Wade Raasch said, “so they have an opportunity to have their voices heard.”

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or

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Complete the Action In Muskogee survey by visiting or or by visiting the Port of Muskogee office at 216 W. Okmulgee Ave. or the Muskogee Public Library.

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