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Mid Hudson Valley Regional Well-Being

Project ID: 449
CIC Member?:
Active Project?:
Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 07/06/12
Project LocationMid-Hudson Region, New York State
Lead OrganizationCenter for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO)
Type of OrganizationEducational Organization

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
County, Multi-County

Issue Areas:
Arts and Culture, Children/Youth/Families, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health, Housing, Land Use, Population, Poverty, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Transportation, Volunteerism


Project Description

The Regional Well-Being Project is focused on measuring and reporting on Mid-Hudson Valley communities' social, economic, and environmental character that are broadly accepted and allow the tracking of change over time. The research team includes members of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) staff, SUNY New Paltz faculty and students, and community leaders. Community leaders were recruited from among business persons, professional practitioners, environmentalists, economic developers, local governmental officials and educators. In a series of focused meetings, the research team has considered existing related work and articulated community values. As part of this research they are also working with faculty in the development of related teaching materials for use in courses and guiding students in project-related work. The first report on measuring Regional Well-Being, which includes a Regional Well-Being Index, was released in June 2010 and was distributed to local government decision makers. Regularly appearing follow-up reports will be central to the continuing work of CRREO. Through these efforts they seek to inform decision making in the region, focus its efforts, identify opportunities, highlight successes and bring attention where improvement is needed.

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Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes
The Regional Well-Being Index is comprised of eight indicator categories:

  • Economy: Income, Costs, Jobs and Poverty,
  • Education: School Preparedness, College and Work Readiness and Higher Education,
  • Environment: Energy and Footprint, Land Use, Water Quality and Natural Resources,
  • Community & Equity: Population Characteristics, the Gini Inequality Index and People in Needm
  • Governance: Engagement, Representation, Tax Burden and Public Debt,
  • Health: Death Rates: Cancer, Heart Disease, Accident, Respiratory Disease and Stroke,
  • Arts & Culture: Arts Jobs and Art Funding,
  • Safety: Crime Rates and Police/Crime Ratios,
  • Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

    Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

    Contact Information

    Kathleen (kt) Tobin Flusser
    SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, HAB 705
    New Paltz , NY 12561

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