By Paul Downer
By Paul Downer
A short time ago the City of NYA completed and analyzed a survey on its park system. The results will be used to help direct and prioritize park improvements in the years ahead.
Now local business people have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the state of hometown business through a survey as well.
"We will use the survey responses to develop programs and initiatives that can best support our existing businesses," said Christie Rock, the city’s economic development coordinator. "The information that we collect will help the EDC (economic development commission) develop its goals and strategies for the next few years. We want to do the best we can to be responsive to the business community’s needs."
Addressing business owners directly, Rock said that participation in the survey will be important because supporting local businesses is typically the best way to bolster growth.
"National studies continually show that as much as 80 percent of the new jobs and tax base in most communities occur as a result of the growth and expansion of existing local businesses, rather than the attraction of new businesses to the community," she said. "If much of our city’s future development is going to result from your success and growth, it is important that we better understand your future plans, as well as your perceptions and concerns about doing business in Norwood Young America."
The survey consists of 25 questions, most of which are multiple choice, and shouldn’t take more than about 15-30 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential. Rock is requesting that the survey be taken by Wednesday, Aug. 1.
"I’d really like to get more input from the business community, both large and small businesses," she said. "The survey is designed for all types of business, whether service, or professional such as a gas station, hardware store, or an insurance agent, as well as manufacturing related."
To take the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NYA2012BusinessSurvey, or go to the NYA EDC Web site, www.expand2nya.com. The survey link can be found on the right hand side of the Web site’s home page.
Anyone who would like to hand write responses can go to http://expand2nya.com/category/news-events/ and print a copy of the survey form to drop off at City Hall, 310 Elm Street West.
For more information or to ask a question, contact Rock at (952) 467-1993 or [email protected].
"I’d like to encourage businesses to call me at any time with questions or to talk about their business needs, or frustrations with doing business here," Rock said. "I’d like to be able to help businesses before a problem gets too big, but I can’t do that if people don’t reach out to me."