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I. Community Characteristics
Answer questions as they relate to you. For most answers, check the boxes most applicable to you or fill in the blanks.
What overall grade would you give the community as a place to do business?
B (above average)
D (below average)
In the last three (3) years, did the community's business climate get stronger, weaker, or stay the same?
Stayed the same
How did the business climate get stronger or weaker?
(Provide up to three responses.)
What overall grade would you give the retail shopping in the community?
Why this grade?:
Is your firm having any problems with local community services?
If yes, what are the problems?
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?
What is the most significant thing COMMUNITY (insert) could do to help improve your business activity?
What specific concerns would you like to see addressed?
Do you live in COMMUNITY (insert)?
If yes, why?
If no, why?
Please rank the following economic development priorities for this community.
(Rank responses from 1 to 3.)
Economic Development Priorities
Rating the Improvement Needs in Community
Needs Significant Improvement
Does Not Need Improvement
Appearance of buildings
Appearance of business signs
Cleanliness of sidewalks
Cleanliness of streets
Congested streets near your business
Parking near your business
Pedestrian access to your business
Variety of stores
Other Improvements Needed
Please identify other community items that need Significant Improvement.
Please list other community items that need minor improvements.
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?
Above Average Importance
Below Average Importance
Not at all Important
Workers' Compensation rates
Employee Health Care Costs
Availability of Labor
Availability of Raw Materials
Availability of Credit
Proximity of four-lane highway
Availability of Industrial Site
Availability of Housing
Availability of Quality Water
Availability of Public Transportation
Other factors important in selecting a business location
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.
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?
About the same
workers' compensation rates
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
Somewhat less favorable
Much less favorable
Raw material availability
Four-lane highway availability
Industrial site availabilities
Quality water availability
Public transportation availability
Community-wide computer network
Please indicate whether you believe the cost of doing business in your community is high, acceptable, or low.
Does not apply
Transportation of product to market
From your perspective as a businessperson, please rate the following amenities and services in COMMUNITY.
Roads, highways, freeways
Snow and ice removal
Solid waste disposal
Natural gas service
Cable television service
Emergency medical services
Medical care, doctors
Access to higher education
Quality higher education
Labor force quantity
Labor force quality
Proximity to major suppliers
Proximity to major market
Overall quality of life
In the community or area in which your business is located, how would you rate the following community services?
Zoning/land use planning
Chamber of Commerce
Others? Use comments section
Please rate the overall quality of education in the community.
Tech. or vocational school
University or colleges
With which local school district are you most familiar?
School district AAA
School district BBB
School district CCC
Please rate the following characteristics for Kindergarten through 12th grade for the school system you checked in the previous question.
Quality of instruction
Quality of facilities
Quality of teaching resources (computers, books)
Quality of curriculum
Number of curriculum choices
Quality of sports programs
Quality of music/arts program
Important aspects of school system
Of the characteristics listed in the previous question, which three (3) do you feel are the most important? Please rank. (1=most important)
From the following list of features, please indicate those that enhance or detract from a positive business environment in COMMUNITY.
Neither enhance or detract
Local business environment
Cost of living
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