How do you measure vibrancy? Next Community Champions Roundtable to explore research methods

The Vibrant Communities movement is getting serious about the numbers, and the next Community Champions Roundtable will offer a more in-depth look at how we will measure “vibrancy” in Elkhart County.

From 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, community leaders representing a wide diversity of sectors — the arts, business, parks, economic development, non-profit, and more — are invited to attend the next Community Champions Roundtable from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at the brand new Elkhart Health Fitness and Aquatics Center, 200 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart.

The sparkling new gem of Elkhart County was selected as the location partially because it represents one of the biggest tangible areas of progress since Vibrant Communities launched in 2016 to advocate for investment in quality of place and placemaking as a means toward economic development, talent attraction and retention, and community pride.

Zachary Schrank of Indiana University South Bend will be the primary speaker. Schrank, an assistant professor at IUSB’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been leading a study of the key measurable indicators that reveal aspects of Elkhart County’s vibrancy. The study includes a significant survey of Elkhart County residents and their views of this community.

Schrank’s talk will include a review of the metrics that are being measured and why they are important. There will also be an opportunity for small-group discussion on these topics.

While the vibrancy metrics data is still being gathered and analyzed, a summary of the findings will be made available when ready on the Vibrant Communities website.

Community leaders interested in attending should email Cindy Ostrom at The event will include breakfast and, afterward, tours of the new Elkhart Health Fitness and Aquatics Center will be offered.

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