After months of planning, conversations, interviews, meetings, strategizing, travel to Charlottesville, mark-up sessions, focus groups, pretests, agreements, disagreements (no divorces yet, and we’re all still friends), the Foothills Forum Survey is just about ready for Rappahannock County.

Heads up to everyone with a Rappahannock County address: Watch for the survey coming to your mailbox or P.O. box this month.


This effort has many parents. It is supported by financial support from you, the community. It is sponsored by Foothills Forum, the nonpartisan local nonprofit. And it was developed in partnership with the University of Virginia’s Center for Survey Research.

The real heroes are the Foothills Forum survey committee, a group of your friends and neighbors who happen to have deep professional experience in developing scientifically accurate questionnaires. Isn’t that one of the trademarks of our terrific county? They put in countless hours, including mark-up sessions on a recent Friday with a continuation the next Saturday morning, to wrap up the survey.

With the information gathered from you, the survey will establish a scientific, factual baseline of information for research and reporting, including projects with The Rappahannock News. You’ll have several opportunities to come to the table to consider and weigh in on our common future.

We’re guessing you have questions about the survey. Well, we have answers now posted as our site’s Frequently Asked Questions.

CAPTION: Foothills Chairman Larry Bud Meyer proudly points out his new Foothills Forum T-shirt and shares survey sentiments with Anne Robertson.

Photo by Lindsay Sonnett