Peru work group launches fall survey

Peru work group launches fall survey

Peru, Nebraska – On September 12th, the first of a series of surveys will be released from the City of Peru Work Group, asking city residents and stakeholders for community input. The survey results will help identify ways the community can move toward positive change and better understand Peru’s unique characteristics, community assets and potential opportunities.

A group of City of Peru officials, Peru State College officials, city residents and friends of the College have begun meeting to develop a common vision and possible plans for community growth and collaborations between the City and College.

The group writes, “Our first step in this planning process is to gather information from you through this survey. The survey is conducted by Nebraska Extension with the assistance of the Peru team and is funded through Mainstreet Bank. Please access the survey online at”

The group continues, “Everyone is encouraged to complete the survey. We are asking those who live in or near Peru, work, go to school, shop or frequent Peru to participate in the survey.”

The survey will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and all answers will be confidential. Responses will be gathered by Nebraska Extension personnel and will be shared only as summaries in which no individual’s answers can be identified.

In addition to the electronic version, physical copies of the survey will be available for pickup at the Peru City Office (615 5th Street), the Peru State College Student Center and various businesses throughout the community. Completed surveys can be dropped off at the City Office or the Student Center.

The group is also planning focused community discussions running from October 21 through October 30. These discussions will provide additional opportunities for city residents and stakeholders to lend their voices and help improve both halves of the community.

Results of these efforts will be announced at a town hall /open forum held Wednesday, November 14. The event will be open to the public.

The group appears in front of City Hall in Peru.

The group of residents, landlords, students, College and City officials working to improve Peru. From left to right: Amy Mincer, Peru State College; Tim Hoffman, Peru State College alumni, Peru State College Foundation Board Member, landlord in the city; Cindy Hoffman, Peru State College alumni, Peru State College Foundation Board Members, landlords in the city; Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College and city resident; Becca Jewell, Peru State College Foundation employee; Justin Douglas, President of Mainstreet Bank; Vanessa Sherman, President of the Peru Community Impact Group, city resident; Darrin Reeves, Mayor, city resident, College employee; Christopher Nwafor, Student at Peru State College and member of Student Senate, city resident; Bob Engles, area realtor, Trustee of the Nebraska State College System; Sara Granfors, Peru State student and city resident; and Jason Jones, City Council member, city resident

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