Community Priorities

Community Priorities

Articulated through the community assessment process, the community priorities expressed by nearly 7,400 Monterey County residents were:

People are economically self-sufficient, with opportunities for more prosperity
  • Quality housing is affordable, accessible and available throughout the county
  • Quality childcare is affordable, accessible and available throughout the county
  • Quality transportation is affordable, accessible and available throughout the county
  • Local industry is more diversified and offers high demand, high wage jobs
  • Well paying jobs that employ local residents are available throughout the county
  • Local workers increase their knowledge and skills to improve their employability

People’s educational achievement supports career aspirations and lifelong learning
  • High quality education is accessible throughout the county
  • High quality and affordable education for early childhood, college and career training is accessible throughout the county
  • Children and youth are supported to achieve grade-level proficiency in each grade
  • Children and youth are physically, emotionally, socially and academically prepared to learn
  • Parents, caregivers and youth have the support, skills, and knowledge to navigate education systems
  • Parents and caregivers have support to develop parenting skills
  • People have support to pursue their own and their children’s education goals

People are mentally and physically healthy
  • Affordable health and mental health services are accessible throughout the county
  • Health and mental health services can be accessed quickly and conveniently
  • The built and natural environments are designed and cared for to support healthy living throughout the county
  • Information and resources empower people to live healthy lives
  • People choose healthy eating, active living and drug free lives

People are safe
  • People feel safe throughout the county
  • Social ties within neighborhoods are strengthened
  • The community promotes peace and equity
  • People are protected from crime or abuse
  • Neighborhoods are safe places to live, work and play