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I. Community Characteristics

Instructions

Answer questions as they relate to you. For most answers, check the boxes most applicable to you or fill in the blanks.


Community Characteristics


1.

What overall grade would you give the community as a place to do business?

A (excellent)

B (above average)

C (average)

D (below average)

F (poor)


2.

In the last three (3) years, did the community's business climate get stronger, weaker, or stay the same?

Got stronger

Got weaker

Stayed the same


3.

How did the business climate get stronger or weaker?

(Provide up to three responses.)


4.

What overall grade would you give the retail shopping in the community?

A (excellent)

B (above average)

C (average)

D (below average)

F (poor)

Why this grade?:


5.

Is your firm having any problems with local community services?

Yes

No


6.

If yes, what are the problems?

(Provide up to three responses.)


7.

While the Business Retention and Expansion Task Force can't promise to solve this issue, we are willing to look into it. Would you like our Task Force to contact you regarding this issue?

Yes

No


8.

What is the most significant thing COMMUNITY (insert) could do to help improve your business activity?

(Provide up to three responses.)


9.

What specific concerns would you like to see addressed?

(Provide up to three responses.)


10.

Do you live in COMMUNITY (insert)?

Yes

No


11.

If yes, why?

(Provide up to three responses.)


12.

If no, why?

(Provide up to three responses.)


13.

Please rank the following economic development priorities for this community.

(Rank responses from 1 to 3.)

1
2
3

Economic Development Priorities


14.

Please rank the following economic development priorities for this community.

(Rank responses from 1 to 3.)

1
2
3

Rating the Improvement Needs in Community

 

Needs Significant Improvement

Needs Improvement

Does Not Need Improvement

Not Applicable

15.

Appearance of buildings

16.

Appearance of business signs

17.

Cleanliness of sidewalks

18.

Cleanliness of streets

19.

Congested streets near your business

20.

Parking near your business

21.

Pedestrian access to your business

22.

Street lighting

23.

Variety of stores


Other Improvements Needed


24.

Please identify other community items that need Significant Improvement.

(Provide up to three responses.)


25.

Please list other community items that need minor improvements.

(Provide up to three responses.)


If your firm (or one just like it) was trying to select a new location, how important would each of the following community factors be in this decision?

 

Critically Important

Above Average Importance

Average importance

Below Average Importance

Not at all Important

26.

Wage rates

27.

Transportation costs

28.

Energy Costs

29.

Telecommunication Costs

30.

Local Taxes

31.

State Taxes

32.

Interest Rates

33.

Workers' Compensation rates

34.

Unemployment Insurance

35.

Employee Health Care Costs

36.

Availability of Labor

37.

Availability of Raw Materials

38.

Availability of Credit

39.

Proximity of four-lane highway

40.

Airport Facilities

41.

Availability of Industrial Site

42.

Availability of Housing

43.

Availability of Quality Water

44.

Availability of Public Transportation

45.

Telecommunications Quality

46.

Broadband Access


Other factors important in selecting a business location


47.

Please list any other business factors that you rate as VERY IMPORTANT to selecting a new business location that were not included in previous questions.

(Provide up to three responses.)


In the community in which your business is located, are the following business costs higher, lower, or about the same as for your competitors from other communities?

 

Much lower

Somewhat lower

About the same

Somewhat higher

Much higher

Don't know

48.

Wage Rates

49.

Transportation costs

50.

Energy costs

51.

Telecommunications costs

52.

Local Taxes

53.

State Taxes

54.

Interest rates

55.

workers' compensation rates

56.

Unemployment insurance

57.

Employee health care costs


In the community in which your business is located, are the following other business factors more favorable, less favorable, or about the same as for your competitors from other communities?

 

Much more favorable

Somewhat more favorable

About the same

Somewhat less favorable

Much less favorable

Don't know

58.

Labor availability

59.

Raw material availability

60.

Credit availability

61.

Four-lane highway availability

62.

Airport facilities

63.

Industrial site availabilities

64.

Housing Availability

65.

Quality water availability

66.

Public transportation availability

67.

Telecommunication quality

68.

Community-wide computer network

69.

Broadband access


Please indicate whether you believe the cost of doing business in your community is high, acceptable, or low.

 

High

Acceptable

Low

Does not apply

70.

Building costs

71.

Corporate taxes

72.

Environmental regulations

73.

Health care

74.

Inventory taxes

75.

OSHA requirements

76.

Payroll taxes

77.

Property tax

78.

Public utilities

79.

Transportation of product to market

80.

Workers compensation


From your perspective as a businessperson, please rate the following amenities and services in COMMUNITY.

 

Excellent

Above average

Average

Below average

Poor

Does not apply

81.

Roads, highways, freeways

82.

Snow and ice removal

83.

Street/Sidewalk cleaning

84.

Street repairs

85.

Water supply

86.

Solid waste disposal

87.

Sewers

88.

Natural gas service

89.

Internet access

90.

Electrical service

91.

Cable television service

92.

Telecom infrastructure

93.

Public transportation

94.

Rail service

95.

Air service

96.

Fire protection

97.

Police protection

98.

Emergency medical services

99.

Hospitals

100.

Medical care, doctors

101.

Schools (K-12)

102.

Technical/Vocational schools

103.

Access to higher education

104.

Quality higher education

105.

Hotel facilities

106.

Conference facilities

107.

Recreational facilities

108.

Recreation services

109.

Housing opportunities

110.

Labor force quantity

111.

Labor force quality

112.

Proximity to major suppliers

113.

Proximity to major market

114.

Overall quality of life


In the community or area in which your business is located, how would you rate the following community services?

 

Excellent

Above average

Average

Below average

Poor

Don't know

115.

K-12 Schools

116.

Community/vocational college

117.

Day care

118.

Public restrooms

119.

Recreational facilities

120.

Ambulance service

121.

Healthcare/hospitals

122.

Fire protection

123.

Police protection

124.

Traffic flow/signage

125.

Road maintenance

126.

Zoning/land use planning

127.

Building code

128.

Chamber of Commerce

129.

Others? Use comments section


Please rate the overall quality of education in the community.

 

Excellent

Above average

Average

Below average

Poor

Don't know

130.

Day care

131.

Grade K-12

132.

Tech. or vocational school

133.

University or colleges


School District


134.

With which local school district are you most familiar?

School district AAA

School district BBB

School district CCC

Home school


Please rate the following characteristics for Kindergarten through 12th grade for the school system you checked in the previous question.

 

Excellent

Above average

Average

Below average

Poor

Don't know

135.

Quality of instruction

136.

Quality of facilities

137.

Quality of teaching resources (computers, books)

138.

Quality of curriculum

139.

Number of curriculum choices

140.

Quality of sports programs

141.

Quality of music/arts program


Important aspects of school system


142.

Of the characteristics listed in the previous question, which three (3) do you feel are the most important? Please rank. (1=most important)

(Rank responses from 1 to 3.)

1
2
3

From the following list of features, please indicate those that enhance or detract from a positive business environment in COMMUNITY.

 

Strongly enhance

Enhance

Neither enhance or detract

Detract

Strongly detract

143.

Safe environment

144.

Shopping/professional services

145.

Recreation/entertainment/cultural activities

146.

School systems

147.

Library system

148.

Highway infrastructure

149.

Housing opportunities

150.

Local business environment

151.

Location

152.

Wage rates

153.

Cost of living


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