Help Us Help You! 
Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD) is seeking your input in order for our organization to better serve your community needs.  The following survey takes 10 minutes to complete and your feedback is essential to us!  The data collected in this survey will be used to update our regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).  

What Is A CEDS? 
A CEDS is an ‘economic roadmap’ used to strengthen and diversify the regional economy of southeast Nebraska. This document is designed to bring together both the public and private sectors.  A CEDS is required in order to qualify the region for future funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Who Can Participate? 
Any interested citizen, elected official, or community leader is invited to participate in this strategic planning activity if you live or work in the following counties: Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, or York.
The CEDS survey is applicable to all member communities within the economic development district. The City of Lincoln is not a member and will not be included in the CEDS survey.

How will my responses be used?  
Survey responses will be used to prepare SENDD’s 2021-2026 CEDS.  A copy of this publication will be made available upon completion.  All survey responses will be entirely anonymous.  No names or other personal data will be collected or included in the CEDS document.  We ask that you please give us your honest opinion when answering all survey responses!  

Can I obtain a paper copy of this survey?
If you would like to receive printed copies of this survey by mail please call the SENDD office for assistance.  If you have additional questions regarding this survey or the CEDS process, please contact Kelechi Chibuikem at (402) 475-2560 or email at kchibuikem@sendd.org.

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* 2. What City/Town/Village are you from/do you represent? (optional)

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* 4. Which aspects of the general economy of southeast Nebraska are most important to address? (Rate 1 for Most Important; Rate 5 for Least Important/Not Needed)

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Skilled workforce availability
Entrepreneurship support
Regional image as a business destination
Development of a regional economic vision
Improved infrastructure
Population growth
Affordable Housing
Marketing

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* 5. Which aspects of education and workforce development in southeast Nebraska are most important to address? (Rate 1 for Most Important; Rate 5 for Least Important/Not Needed)

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Availability of employees at entry level
Access to skilled workforce (e.g. technical or advanced degrees)
Additional training opportunities via community/technical colleges and/or skills development programs
Technical or financial assistance to help employers provide on the job training
Access to affordable workforce housing
Aging  workforce

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* 6. What aspects of the business climate in southeast Nebraska are most important to address? (Rate 1 for Most Important; Rate 5 for Least Important/Not Needed)

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Entrepreneurial resources, small business support and Costs of doing business
Availability of broadband
Water quality, availability and wastewater resources
Transportation access
Downtown revitalization efforts
Access to financial resources, i.e. gap financing
Marketing of the region

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* 7. What aspects of the physical infrastructure in southeast Nebraska are most important to address (Rank 1 as Most Important to 5 Least Important/Not Needed)

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Road quality
Rail access
Public transit
Pedestrian/bicycle trails and routes
Airports and landing strips
Broadband connectivity
Water and waster water treatment
Aging Infrastructure

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* 8. What aspects of the quality of place in southeast Nebraska are most important to address? (Rank 1 as Most Important to 5 Least Important/Not Needed)

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Affordable Housing
Community spirit / cooperation
Arts & culture
Healthcare availability
Family environment
Appeal to young professionals
Outdoor recreation
Retail options
Public Safety
Racial Diversity
Transportation Options
Historic Preservation

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* 9. What aspects of disaster planning in southeast Nebraska are most important to address? (Rank 1 as Most Important to 5 Least Important/Not Needed)

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Assistance to businesses threatened with closures due to disaster
Access to funding
Mitigation and resilience strategies, i.e. planning, workshops, etc.
Support for business and workforce
Best practices for disaster recovery in communities
Assistance for communities not enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program

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* 10. Which of the following economic development priorities are most important for Southeast Nebraska? (Rank 1 as Most Important to 5 Least Important/Not Needed)

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Expanding infrastructure (e.g., roads, sewers, bridges, broadband etc.)
Expanding economic opportunity for all residents
Creating higher-paying jobs, raising income levels
Helping existing businesses grow
Supporting startups & entrepreneurs
Recruiting new businesses into the region
Marketing our region for new residents and workforce and potential tourists
Provide housing programs that maintain the region's quantity and quality of local affordable housing.
Support regional and statewide workforce initiatives, i.e. customized job training

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* 11. Assume for the moment that we decide to pursue a targeted approach. Please rank the following growth priorities from 1-10 to indicate their level of priority. (Rank 1 as Most Important to 10 Least Important)

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* 12. Do you have any strategies or action items that might address some of the issues and help our regions and state to develop economically? (Please offer one strategy or action item per text box)

 
Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is essential to us.

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