The goal-setting process was overseen by the Greater Portland Community-Wide Goal Setting Council, representing the many different voices of this community. This council of volunteers, convened by United Way of Greater Portland, met regularly since October 2015 to adopt meaningful, measurable, and clear goals.

A cornerstone of this process were 90 community conversations we had with over 1,500 people and 550 responses to an online survey. We asked people three questions:

1. What kind of community do you want?
2. What’s stopping us from having that community?
3. What would make a difference?

Three additional volunteer groups assessed community needs and aspirations. Using local data, input from the community conversations and surveys, and strategies that have worked in communities like ours, these volunteers recommended goals to the Council that the Council unanimously adopted.

Community Conversation Demographics