Vision 2020 Launches Countywide Survey


Published on July 31 2012 10:29 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham County residents are invited to participate in a countywide survey being conducted by Effingham County Vision 2020 to learn how county residents view their quality of life and priority issues. 

"We believe this is the first opportunity county residents have been given to share their ideas and dreams for the future of Effingham County, " stated Norma Lansing, President of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Vision 2020 Steering Committee.  "We are seeking input from people throughout Effingham County.  From young adults to senior citizens, every resident in Effingham County has an opportunity to participate in the survey."

The survey covers all aspects of a healthy balanced community and is simple to complete, with residents invited to designate their agreement or disagreement with the survey statements.  There are opportunities in each section for residents to share comments and their personal vision for Effingham County by the year 2020.

The survey is available online at and is linked from websites throughout Effingham County.  In addition, paper surveys are available for those without Internet access and may be picked up and dropped off at the following locations beginning Wednesday, August 1:

In Effingham--979XFM and KJ Country 102.3 studios at Fayette and Willow, Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Effingham Daily News, Cromwell Radio Group, Helen Matthes Library and Martin's IGA+

In Altamont--S&W Supermarket and Peoples Bank and Trust

In Beecher City--First State Bank of Beecher City

In Dieterich--Dieterich Village Hall, Wagon Wheel Restaurant and First National Bank of Dieterich

In Edgewood--Edgewood Food Center

In Teutopolis--Wessel's Grocery and Teutopolis State Bank

"Effingham County Vision 2020 was developed in 2005 by a coalition of government, community and business leaders to explore ideas about our county's future and how we will make it happen.  We are halfway to the year 2020 and ready to refocus our energies and engage more county residents in the process," reported Rick Siemer, President of Siemer Milling Company and a founding member of Vision 2020.

The building of Lake Sara, the rebuilding of St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital after the fire, the Cross at the Crossroads and TREC are some examples of how ideas of a few people have created lasting change in Effingham County.

"We feel the results of this survey can be the catalyst for new initiatives that will lead Effingham County in a positive direction to the year 2020 and beyond," said Joedy Hightower, President and CEO of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and a Vision 2020 steering committee member.

The survey period opens August 1 and closes September 30.  To gain as much participation as possible, prize drawings will be held every two weeks during August and September for $100 Wal Mart gift cards.  On September 28, all survey respondents' names will be placed in a drawing for a $250 Wal Mart gift card.

An independent agency will gather and compile the survey results.  Individual data will not be shared.  Survey results will be revealed at the Community Celebration of Excellence Breakfast on Wednesday, October 24 and shared with a broad group of business, non-profit and government leaders to attract commitment to address priority issues and consider ideas identified in the survey.

More information about the survey can be obtained from Norma Lansing at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce at 217-342-4147 or Joedy Hightower at the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation at 217-342-4988.

Effingham County Vision 2020 is a non-governmental volunteer effort working to inspire Effingham County residents to build upon their individual strengths and increase the county's potential, imagination and cooperation to positively affect Effingham County's quality of life.