The Need

When the Community Foundation of Wabash County (CFWC) received their Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) Community Leadership funding, they knew that they wanted to better understand the issues related to population decline in their community.

The Solution

In partnership with their local economic development organization, Grow Wabash County, CFWC reached out to Transform Consulting Group to help solicit and gather stakeholder feedback from key groups: 1) young adults who grew up in Wabash and left/ not returning yet, 2) young adults who grew up in Wabash and stayed or returned, 3) individuals who transplanted to Wabash and 4) adults who work in Wabash but choose to live outside the county. TCG utilized surveys, focus groups, and interviews to collect and summarize this data along with other quantitative data collected by a research partner to help inform a strategic plan to address population decline in the community.


Key Findings report on population loss, outreach flyers and post cards to attend public meetings.