You've Heard About It, But What is the Community Assessment Project of Rutherford County?

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Richard Moffett, Ph.D., MTSU Dept. of Psychology.

Dr. Rick Moffett with the MTSU Department of Psychology is helping Rutherford County tackle a strategic community assessment (Project name: Rutherford County Community Assessment Project). 

Dr. Moffett told WGNS that your input is needed. There are several community public forums scheduled in upcoming weeks. One of which is Thursday at Crossway Baptist Church on 231 South. The forum will be Thursday (June 20, 2013) at 5:30pm.


To participate in the survey – follow this link to the MTSU website:

The Project at a Glance:


The purpose of the project is to gather and compile information to help guide efforts for effective community development. The goal is to meet needs, to plan and develop, and to increase engagement, resulting in a greater quality of life and sense of community. This project is designed to be participative and inclusive, using multiple approaches – including public forums, focus groups, interviews, a survey, and other means – to broadly include members of the community. At the end of the assessment, a few areas will be identified for focused action.

The project is structured around, but not limited to, the following sectors of the community:

  • Business, employment, and the economy
  • Human services and non-profit providers
  • Safety and security, law enforcement
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Local government

How to Get Involved

Broad participation is needed to make this a successful project. We want to hear from you! Please attend a public forum and/or respond to the short survey on this web site.


You are invited to attend one of the Public Forums being held in your community. 

The Public Forum will use a structured and facilitated process to provide people with an opportunity to provide input for the Community Assessment Project.

You will be asked for your perspective regarding the most important issues and needs of Rutherford County. All you will need to bring is yourself, your opinions, and a willingness to have your voice and your perspective be heard.

Here are the locations, dates and times of the upcoming public forums: 

Thursday, June 20, 5:30PM-7PM
Crossway Baptist Church
4194 Shelbyville Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37127 

Patterson Park Community Center
Saturday, June 22, 10AM-11:30AM
Patterson Park Community Center
Meeting Room C 521
Mercury Blvd Murfreesboro, TN 37130 

Murfreesboro City Hall
Tuesday, June 25, 5:30PM-7PM
Murfreesboro City Hall Room 218
Second Floor
111 West Vine Street
Murfreesboro, TN  37130 

Thursday, June 27, 5:30PM-7PM
Smyrna Assembly Hall
112 Front Street
Smyrna, TN  37167


Dr. Rick Moffett, MTSU Industrial / Organizational Psychology

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