Recommendations for Volusia ECHO Study to the Volusia County Council sign now

Recommendations for Volusia ECHO Study to the Volusia County Council
and the Volusia County ECHO Advisory Board
Volusia County, Florida

The Volusia County Cultural Alliance (VCCA) is a non-profit network of community cultural organizations, individual artists and local businesses, committed to the development of the arts in the Volusia County and focused on the enhancement of the quality of life for our county's residents and visitors.

The VCCA believes that funding provided by the ECHO program over the last nine years has had a measurable and important impact on the economy and quality of life in Volusia County. The VCCA believes that ECHO Advisory Board supervision over the application process for, and distribution of, ECHO funds has insured a transparent and nonpolitical system of support for projects meeting the Environmental, Cultural, Heritage and Outdoor goals of the ECHO program. The VCCA believes that the continued involvement of the ECHO Advisory Board in future funding decisions is in the best interest of each and every Volusia County citizen.

Recognizing that the Volusia County Council has authorized county staff to conduct a study covering the impact of past funding and the criteria which should guide future funding, the VCCA recommends that:
the ECHO Advisory Board and ECHO Staff participate in each step of the study to be undertaken, including choice of outside assistance, if any,
structure and process of study and review of study results prior to publication;
all nine points recommended by the ECHO Advisory Board for inclusion in the study be included;
if outside assistance for the conduct of the study is determined to be necessary, said assistance is obtained from one or more local universities;
the study include a needs assessment survey which samples all county constituencies citizenry, non-profits, business and civic community organizations, local governments;
the study quantify past grants by geographic location and ECHO category; and
the study include most recent census data on geographic population distribution.

The VCCA also recommends that results of the above described study be made available to a wide cross-section of Volusia County residents in the context of workshops or focus groups for community input prior to any decisions being made by the Volusia County Council as to the future of the ECHO program. The above recommendations were approved by the VCCA Board of directors on July 8, 2010.

The VCCA seeks the endorsement of concerned citizens and organizations to sign on in support of these recommendations for a comprehensive study process to better inform the decisions of the Volusia County Council. This study will play an important role in the future of ECHO and should be done in such a way that incorporates the broadest of perspectives and consideration related to projects already in incubation, as well as future opportunities for our County community.

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Carmella FieldsBy:
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The Honorable Volusia County Council: Frank T. Bruno, Jr., Chairman; Joie Alexander, Vice-Chair; Andy Kelly, District 1; Joshua J. Wagner, District 2; Jack H. Hayman, District 3; Carl G. Persis, District 4 and Patricia Northey, District 5 and Volusia Co

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