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Indicators Report From Chamber.pdf

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Franklin CountyProsperity Indicators Report
Sponsored by:Franklin County Area Development CorporationFranklin County GovernmentGreater Chambersburg Chamber of CommerceSummit HealthUnited Way of Franklin County
December, 2012
Building A Prosperous Community
 About six months ago, the four partners in this project began discussing ways to monitor 
Franklin County’s progress in achieving a desired goal of being a prosperous community. It
was decided that an initial step would be to establish measures of prosperity that could beexamined over time. These measures would constitute a Prosperity Indicators Report.The resulting project is
designed to…
Provide a benchmark of the county’s current state
Identify the areas that most deserve countywide attention
Monitor the progress that is made in achieving prosperity.This report presents the baseline set of indicators. To put the findings in perspective,indicators are shown for multiple years and, where appropriate, comparisons are made to thestate of Pennsylvania and counties.The community is encouraged to use the report as the basis for discussions on where we are,where we want to go, and how to get there. It is anticipated that the findings will provideinsight for the development of programs, actions, and policies designed to move FranklinCounty closer to the goal of increasing prosperity in our community.We are pleased to share the results of our joint efforts.Franklin County Area Development CorporationFranklin County GovernmentGreater Chambersburg Chamber of CommerceSummit HealthUnited Way of Franklin County
The Faces of Prosperity
The first thing that had to be done once the partners were committed to the project was answer thequestion - What dimensions contribute to prosperity?Four dimensions of prosperity were identified. These form the foundation for our Prosperity Index. Thedimensions are:
Well Being of People
Health & Safety
The individual indicators for each dimension are presented later in the report.
Individual Indicators
The selection of the individual indicators for each dimension of prosperity was guided by five criteria.
Content validity
It is important that each dimension has indicators that cover as much of thatdimension as possible. There is a needed balance between the number of indicators and having acomprehensive measure of a dimension.
Trend analysis
This is the first of what will become a periodic report, tracking indicators over timeto assess the extent to which the county is changing. To be able to do this, it is critical that the sameinformation is available for each indicator over time. Depending upon the source of the data for anindicator, the time period will vary. For example, some measures may not exist on an annual basis.
To be of maximum value, the measures in the report should be easilyunderstood. While some esoteric measures may do a better job than selected indicators, little isgained if persons do not understand the indicators.
 A desired outcome of the Prosperity Index is providing direction to organizations andgovernments to take action in areas needing improvement. To enhance the likelihood of thisoccurring, each indicator was reviewed to be certain it is amenable to change as the result of organized efforts.
Best practices
Indicator programs exist in many other communities. A review of what these other communities are using for indicators offered some guidance to the selection of our indicators.

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