Given the nature of our goals, we recognize that it is going to take at least a decade to know if we are successful. Lest this assertion seem too facile, we need only reflect upon the fact that it has taken us 25 years to achieve the success that we have thus far; and this success represents a “place holder,” the ability to prevent the destruction of the physical community and the ability to demonstrate the intrinsic value of Historic Eatonville. The real work of preserving Eatonville, which is generational, has only just begun.
Therefore, within the next decade – how can we know we are making progress with our education initiative, our economic development work, and our effort to reverse the health disparities as they exist currently in Eatonville?
For the ZORA! STEM Initiative, in collaboration with our partners, our organization will determine certain benchmarks and a timeline for achieving them. Of equal importance, however, will be the buy-in we receive from students, their families, and the community (both inside and outside of Eatonville). Because funding will be a key element of this initiative, our organization’s ability to secure adequate funding will also allow us to assess how well we are doing.
In terms of economic development work, quantitative analysis accompanied by obvious signs of prosperity will be “the leading indicators.” For example, The Hurston Museum is booking a tour group of 45, about once or twice a quarter. We’d like to book this size group once a week. Currently, the Town of Eatonville has not entertained any formal discussion of the Huntley Partners Feasibility Study which was completed in May 2008. A community discussion of this important economic development research document will be an imoprtant indicator of the government’s understanding of how to move forward.
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