2.1) Infrastructure | Facilities & Services

A community’s readiness for economic and community development will depend in part on the infrastructure available to support community projects, business activities and a variety of other development initiatives. This section explores your community’s available infrastructure for essential services:

Is your community located near an urban or a rural center, or both?
Is your community close to a major highway?
Does your community have rail service?
Does your community have access to barge or river transport?
Does your community have access to commercial air services within 80km?
Does your community have affordable energy sources?
Does your community have enough houses to ensure that every family can live in a single-family home if they desire?
Does your community have a water system that meets required quality standards (which may be based on government regulations, drinking water quality, community environmental standards, etc.)?
Does your community have a water system that has room for capacity growth as more homes or facilities are built? How much capacity is currently being used?
Does your community have a waste water system that meets required quality standards? Does it have room for capacity growth? How much capacity is currently being used?
Does your community have water meters?
Does your community have storm water drainage and flood retention system?
Are there local businesses providing goods and services to residents?
Are there local Emergency Services available?
Is there a hospital within a 60-minute drive?
Does your community have telephone service?
Does your community have public transportation?
Describe your community’s public facilities, as well as some of the challenges you face in maintaining and building capacity in these facilities: a) Streets
b) Utilities
c) Water
d) Waste Disposal
e) Fire Protection
f) Policing Services
g) Social Services
h) Education
i) Health Care
j) Recreation
k) Communications Systems