The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is currently seeking input from local professionals on the state of the area’s business climate via an online survey — the deadline for which is Friday, May 26.

The organization is awaiting responses to its “Survey on the Colorado Springs area’s Business Climate,” which is part of a larger economic development strategic planning process that is being undertaken by Georgia-based Garner Economics LLC.

“A vital part of this process is this survey, which seeks to solicit input on the current state of economic development in the area from a business perspective,” according to a Chamber & EDC statement on the survey homepage. “Your feedback is essential as we look to ways to leverage and enhance the Chamber’s economic development activities.”

According to Chamber & EDC representatives, the survey is multiple choice and should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

Hannah Parsons, chief development officer for the Chamber & EDC, said that responses to the business climate survey will inform Garner’s economic development strategy for the organization, which is expected to be its guiding document for the next three to five years.

“This strategic plan is really being driven by the needs of the business community, because that is who we as the Chamber & EDC serve,” Parsons said.

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The survey website said the “purpose of the strategy is to provide a roadmap to enhance the area’s competitiveness as a location for investment,” as well as to develop an action plan for the Chamber & EDC to carry out the strategy in order to improve the business climate, quality of life and profile of the region.

The survey was designed to gauge perception of Colorado Springs and El Paso County as a place to live and conduct business. Here are the questions:

  • What are several words or phrases that describe the Colorado Springs region?
  • What do you think are some of the biggest obstacles that inhibit the region in its ability to attract, expand or retain businesses and investment?
  • On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being “Very Strong,” how would you rate the business climate of the area?
  • On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being “Very Strong,” how would you rate the business climate of the area?
  • What do you see as the area’s strengths?
  • How do you see the current labor situation in the area?
  • What hard or soft infrastructure is weak or missing in the area?
  • Without worrying about money or politics, please indicate the top 5 items you would work to change about the community.
  • Give some examples of local, unique, and innovative programs or initiatives that you believe are having a positive impact on increasing the competitiveness of the Colorado Springs region?
  • What types of companies do you think would be a good fit for the Colorado Springs region?
  • Are there any other issues that should be examined when developing an economic development strategy for the Colorado Springs region?

Those interested in responding to the survey can do so by visiting bizclimatecs.questionpro.com. Read the May 26 edition of the Business Journal for more detail on the Chamber & EDC’s strategic planning process.

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