Jobs, lower taxes and shopping were the main concerns of the 70 or so West Richland residents who attended a community town hall meeting this week.
They met Wednesday at Enterprise Middle School to hear the results of a survey conducted earlier this year asking what residents wanted for their city in future years.
Jason Robertson of Olympia-based J. Robertson and Co. went over the survey, then everyone at the meeting broke into smaller groups.
"As they conversed among themselves, I found everyone generally agreed with the findings of the survey," said Ruth Swain, economic development director for the city.
"They all agreed the city needs more jobs at a variety of wage levels, new businesses to increase the city's revenue and reduce citizens' taxes, and additional shopping, including a hardware store."
Finding a way to do all that, while keeping everyone happy, is going to be a challenge, Swain said.
One way to accomplish that might be to get West Richland residents involved and keep them informed of the progress.
"Those were two things those at the meeting said they wanted," she said.
That was good news for the city council and city staff.
"One of the council's strategic goals has been to create more two-way opportunities for interaction between the city government and citizens of West Richland," Swain said. "If the citizens want it too, we can make it happen together."
The council likely will do it with a mix of town meetings, preferred by older residents who have time to attend, and electronic media, preferred by those with busy lives and young families, Swain said.
In coming weeks, the council will meet to discuss how best to promote West Richland's future economic development.