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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.

  1. What overall grade would you give the community as a place to do business?
  2. A (excellent)

    B (above average)

    C (average)

    D (below average)

    F (poor)

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

    Got weaker

    Stayed the same

  5. How did the business climate get stronger or weaker?
  6. (Provide up to three responses.)

  7. What overall grade would you give the retail shopping in the community?
  8. A (excellent)

    B (above average)

    C (average)

    D (below average)

    F (poor)

    Why this grade?:

  9. Is your firm having any problems with local community services?
  10. Yes

    No

  11. If yes, what are the problems?
  12. (Provide up to three responses.)

  13. 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?
  14. Yes

    No

  15. What is the most significant thing COMMUNITY (insert) could do to help improve your business activity?
  16. (Provide up to three responses.)

  17. What specific concerns would you like to see addressed?
  18. (Provide up to three responses.)

  19. Do you live in COMMUNITY (insert)?
  20. Yes

    No

  21. If yes, why?
  22. (Provide up to three responses.)

  23. If no, why?
  24. (Provide up to three responses.)

  25. Please rank the following economic development priorities for this community.
  26. (Rank responses from 1 to 3.)

    1

    Business retention

    New business attraction

    Entrepreneurial development

    2

    Business retention

    New business attraction

    Entrepreneurial development

    3

    Business retention

    New business attraction

    Entrepreneurial development

    Economic Development Priorities

  27. Please rank the following economic development priorities for this community.
  28. (Rank responses from 1 to 3.)

    1

    Business retention

    New business attraction

    Entrepreneurial development

    2

    Business retention

    New business attraction

    Entrepreneurial development

    3

    Business retention

    New business attraction

    Entrepreneurial development

    Rating the Improvement Needs in Community

  29. Appearance of buildings
  30. Needs Significant Improvement

    Needs Improvement

    Does Not Need Improvement

    Not Applicable

  31. Appearance of business signs
  32. Needs Significant Improvement

    Needs Improvement

    Does Not Need Improvement

    Not Applicable

  33. Cleanliness of sidewalks
  34. Needs Significant Improvement

    Needs Improvement

    Does Not Need Improvement

    Not Applicable

  35. Cleanliness of streets
  36. Needs Significant Improvement

    Needs Improvement

    Does Not Need Improvement

    Not Applicable

  37. Congested streets near your business
  38. Needs Significant Improvement

    Needs Improvement

    Does Not Need Improvement

    Not Applicable

  39. Parking near your business
  40. Needs Significant Improvement

    Needs Improvement

    Does Not Need Improvement

    Not Applicable

  41. Pedestrian access to your business
  42. Needs Significant Improvement

    Needs Improvement

    Does Not Need Improvement

    Not Applicable

  43. Street lighting
  44. Needs Significant Improvement

    Needs Improvement

    Does Not Need Improvement

    Not Applicable

  45. Variety of stores
  46. Needs Significant Improvement

    Needs Improvement

    Does Not Need Improvement

    Not Applicable

    Other Improvements Needed

  47. Please identify other community items that need Significant Improvement.
  48. (Provide up to three responses.)

  49. Please list other community items that need minor improvements.
  50. (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?

  51. Wage rates
  52. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  53. Transportation costs
  54. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  55. Energy Costs
  56. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  57. Telecommunication Costs
  58. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  59. Local Taxes
  60. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  61. State Taxes
  62. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  63. Interest Rates
  64. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  65. Workers' Compensation rates
  66. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  67. Unemployment Insurance
  68. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  69. Employee Health Care Costs
  70. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  71. Availability of Labor
  72. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  73. Availability of Raw Materials
  74. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  75. Availability of Credit
  76. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  77. Proximity of four-lane highway
  78. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  79. Airport Facilities
  80. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  81. Availability of Industrial Site
  82. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  83. Availability of Housing
  84. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  85. Availability of Quality Water
  86. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  87. Availability of Public Transportation
  88. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  89. Telecommunications Quality
  90. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

  91. Broadband Access
  92. Critically Important

    Above Average Importance

    Average importance

    Below Average Importance

    Not at all Important

    Other factors important in selecting a business location

  93. 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.
  94. (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?

  95. Wage Rates
  96. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

  97. Transportation costs
  98. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

  99. Energy costs
  100. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

  101. Telecommunication costs
  102. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

  103. Local Taxes
  104. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

  105. State Taxes
  106. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

  107. Interest rates
  108. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

  109. workers' compensation rates
  110. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

  111. Unemployment insurance
  112. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

  113. Employee health care costs
  114. Much lower

    Somewhat lower

    About the same

    Somewhat higher

    Much higher

    Don't know

    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?

  115. Labor availability
  116. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  117. Raw material availability
  118. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  119. Credit availability
  120. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  121. Four-lane highway availability
  122. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  123. Airport facilities
  124. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  125. Industrial site availabilities
  126. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  127. Housing Availability
  128. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  129. Quality water availability
  130. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  131. Public transportation availability
  132. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  133. Telecommunication quality
  134. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  135. Community-wide computer network
  136. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

  137. Broadband access
  138. Much more favorable

    Somewhat more favorable

    About the same

    Somewhat less favorable

    Much less favorable

    Don't know

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

  139. Building costs
  140. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  141. Corporate taxes
  142. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  143. Environmental regulations
  144. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  145. Health care
  146. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  147. Inventory taxes
  148. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  149. OSHA requirements
  150. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  151. Payroll taxes
  152. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  153. Property tax
  154. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  155. Public utilities
  156. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  157. Transportation of product to market
  158. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

  159. Workers compensation
  160. High

    Acceptable

    Low

    Does not apply

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

  161. Roads, highways, freeways
  162. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  163. Snow and ice removal
  164. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  165. Street/Sidewalk cleaning
  166. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  167. Street repairs
  168. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  169. Water supply
  170. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  171. Solid waste disposal
  172. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  173. Sewers
  174. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  175. Natural gas service
  176. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  177. Internet access
  178. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  179. Electrical service
  180. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  181. Cable television service
  182. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  183. Telecom infrastructure
  184. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  185. Public transportation
  186. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  187. Rail service
  188. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  189. Air service
  190. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  191. Fire protection
  192. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  193. Police protection
  194. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  195. Emergency medical services
  196. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  197. Hospitals
  198. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  199. Medical care, doctors
  200. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  201. Schools (K–12)
  202. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  203. Technical/Vocational schools
  204. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  205. Access to higher education
  206. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  207. Quality higher education
  208. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  209. Hotel facilities
  210. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  211. Conference facilities
  212. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  213. Recreational facilities
  214. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  215. Recreation services
  216. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  217. Housing opportunities
  218. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  219. Labor force quantity
  220. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  221. Labor force quality
  222. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  223. Proximity to major suppliers
  224. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  225. Proximity to major market
  226. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

  227. Overall quality of life
  228. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Does not apply

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

  229. K–12 Schools
  230. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  231. Community/vocational college
  232. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  233. Day care
  234. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  235. Public restrooms
  236. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  237. Recreational facilities
  238. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  239. Ambulance service
  240. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  241. Healthcare/hospitals
  242. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  243. Fire protection
  244. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  245. Police protection
  246. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  247. Traffic flow/signage
  248. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  249. Road maintenance
  250. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  251. Zoning/land use planning
  252. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  253. Building code
  254. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  255. Chamber of Commerce
  256. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  257. Others? Use comments section
  258. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

    Please rate the overall quality of education in the community.

  259. Day care
  260. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  261. Grade K–12
  262. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  263. Tech. or vocational school
  264. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  265. University or colleges
  266. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

    School District

  267. With which local school district are you most familiar?
  268. 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.

  269. Quality of instruction
  270. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  271. Quality of facilities
  272. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  273. Quality of teaching resources (computers, books)
  274. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  275. Quality of curriculum
  276. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  277. Number of curriculum choices
  278. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  279. Quality of sports programs
  280. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

  281. Quality of music/arts program
  282. Excellent

    Above average

    Average

    Below average

    Poor

    Don't know

    Important aspects of school system

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

    1

    Quality of instruction

    Quality of facilities

    Quality of teaching resources (books, computers, etc)

    Quality of curriculum

    Number of curriculum choices

    Quality of sports programs

    Quality of arts and music programs

    2

    Quality of instruction

    Quality of facilities

    Quality of teaching resources (books, computers, etc)

    Quality of curriculum

    Number of curriculum choices

    Quality of sports programs

    Quality of arts and music programs

    3

    Quality of instruction

    Quality of facilities

    Quality of teaching resources (books, computers, etc)

    Quality of curriculum

    Number of curriculum choices

    Quality of sports programs

    Quality of arts and music programs

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

  285. Safe environment
  286. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  287. Shopping/professional services
  288. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  289. Recreation/entertainment/cultural activities
  290. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  291. School systems
  292. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  293. Library system
  294. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  295. Highway infrastructure
  296. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  297. Housing opportunities
  298. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  299. Local business environment
  300. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  301. Location
  302. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  303. Wage rates
  304. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

  305. Cost of living
  306. Strongly enhance

    Enhance

    Neither enhance or detract

    Detract

    Strongly detract

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