The world of 2020 is nothing at all like the world of 2019.

In 2019, kids went to school and parents went to work. There were concerts, festivals, plays, pro sports, college sports, high school sports and, if someone bumped into you at the grocery store, it was not considered a major health event.

Downtown Greensboro Inc. conducted a survey in 2019 to help develop a 2030 Strategic Vision Plan for what downtown Greensboro should look and feel like in 10 years.

Since then, not only has the coronavirus shut down businesses, but downtown Greensboro sustained millions of dollars in damage from two nights of rioting. The result is that the survey information from less than a year ago is already out of date.

DGI, which is working on the strategic vision plan with the City of Greensboro and Guilford County, had input from over 1,200 people in the 2019 survey, but since so much has changed, DGI is asking people to take a follow-up survey.

The original survey was to assist DGI in identifying goals, strategies, and “Big Moves” for downtown during the next ten years.

The introduction to the follow-up survey states, “As Downtown Greensboro Inc. continues its community-wide effort to collect public input on the strategic vision plan, we are asking for you to take this follow-up survey in order to reassess the plan as we adapt to these unprecedented times.”

Along with everything else, getting the word out about the follow-up survey is more difficult in the year of the coronavirus. Many people are still staying at home and, unlike the first survey, there are no meetings or pop-in events where people can participate in person.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes. If it takes you longer, you’re spending too much time on the questions. But don’t worry, you won’t get a grade and it doesn’t go on your permanent record.

If you complete the survey you will be entered in a drawing to win gift certificates for downtown businesses.

The survey can be found here: