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Tualatin contest team seeks public input through online survey

Residents' thoughts on ideas to win America's Best Communities contest wanted


COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - This concept drawing shows what the inside of Tualatin's proposed mobile 'Makerspace' could look like.The team behind Tualatin's bid to win the America's Best Communities contest is asking members of the community to weigh in on its ideas for Tualatin.

The Tualatin ABC page on Facebook shared a link to a short online survey Wednesday. The post asked Tualatin residents to take the survey, saying, “We want your input!”

“As we look to the future we need help from the community to envision how our America's Best Communities competition plan can really help change lives in Tualatin…from the impacts to our business community and future job opportunities to the people who live here and the kids who grow up here,” the post read in part. “We want to hear your ideas to ensure this work is meaningful and can have a lasting impact on the Tualatin community.”

Members of the contest team unveiled a concept last month for a Mobile Makerspace, a converted trailer that would be filled with high-tech tools, appliances and computers. The idea behind the Makerspace is to engage students throughout Tualatin with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) concepts and applications.

The first survey question asks participants what they would like to see as part of the Makerspace.

Two more questions ask about how the city and its partners can work with businesses and take advantage of local resources to help train a workforce that can fill industry jobs. The fourth and final question asks participants for their thoughts on what can be done to make sure Tualatin's “underserved population,” including girls and Latino children who are underrepresented in STEAM fields, is included and engaged in the initiative.

The Tualatin ABC team is focusing on STEAM and career technical education as it prepares to make its pitch to contest judges as to why Tualatin is “America's Best Community.”

The team is led by representatives from the city of Tualatin, the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce and Mask & Mirror Community Theatre. It includes several other groups as well, including the Tigard-Tualatin School District and the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership.

The America's Best Communities contest is sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel.

Tualatin was announced as one of two quarterfinalists from Oregon earlier this year.