1. What is a CEDS?

A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic road-map to diversify  and strengthen regional economies.  The CEDS should serve as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, developing and implementing a regional plan of action, and identifying investment priorities and funding sources.  The CEDS also "qualifies" a region and the local governments in the region for possible Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding.

Thank you for your participation and input in this important survey!

* 1. Part 1 - Background
Please note the sector you are representing in your answers (mark only one response).

* 2. How many years have you lived in your community/county?

* 3. What is your age?

* 4. Please select the county in which you reside.

* 5. What is your household annual gross income?

* 6. Which industry best describes the main focus of your place of work or business?

* 7. Part 2 - Opportunities/Needs of Community/County Services
When it comes to the availability and quality of infrastructure and services in your community/county, how would you rate the following?

  Meets Our Needs Improvements Are Necessary Serious Problems Exist Not Applicable No Opinion
Utilities/Communications Systems:
Drinking water system
Sanitary sewer system
Garbage service
Recycling service
Drainage system/storm sewer system
Natural gas/propane service
Telephone service
Cell phone service
Electric services
TV/Cable services
Internet/Broadband services
Federal/state highways
County/township roads
City streets
Passenger air service
Freight transportation (rail)
Freight transportation (truck)
Public Transit system
Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure (trails/paths)
Quality of Life Facilities:
Park/recreation/trail offerings
Retail and shopping services
Entertainment, nightlife and dining
Community center/meeting rooms
Senior citizen center
Daycare options
Healthcare services
Library services
Arts/cultural programs/facilities
Overall community appearance
Citizen involvement
Public Safety:
Law enforcement
Ambulance service
Fire department
Emergency sirens
911 Dispatch/communication systems
Educational Opportunity Resources:
Pre-school opportunities
Elementary school opportunities
Secondary school opportunities
Post-secondary school opportunities
Overall condition of housing stock
Availability of single family homes
Availability of apartment units
Number of buildable lots
Contractor/builder availability
Nursing home units
Assisted living units
Overall affordability of housing

* 8. What are the four most important resources or strengths your community/county has to attract or encourage community/economic development?

* 9. What are the four biggest challenges your community/county faces in attracting or encouraging community/economic development?

* 10. Please list three specific community/economic development projects or opportunities that should be addressed over the next five years.

* 11. Over the next 12 to 36 months, will you need assistance from the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District for any of the following technical services?

  Yes No Maybe
Conduct needs assessments, strategic plans, income & attitude surveys
Blight Studies
Identify available federal, state, local, and private resources to address needs and goals
Assist in preparation of grant/loan applications for community and economic development projects/programs
Assist business/industry with financial packaging
Administer grants, loans, and revolving loan funds
Provide market rate or below-market rate loans to new and existing businesses
Provide loans for housing rehabilitation
Provide loans for housing down-payment assistance
Provide loans for housing new construction

* 12. Part 3 - The Local Economy
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement about your community/county economy?

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Neither Agree or Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
All residents have equal access to economic opportunities
Wages and salaries make it possible to maintain my standard of living
Everybody who wants or needs a job can get a job
Education and job training is available to residents who want or need it
Businesses are growing
Entrepreneurs can succeed
The community/county attracts businesses or is seen as a business destination
The community/county attracts visitors or is seen as a visitor destination
Local government and business cooperate on development projects
There is regional cooperation on economic development projects
The overall mix of employers (manufacturing, professional, retail business, etc.) is adequate

* 13. When it comes to your community's/county's business climate, how would you rate the following?

  Has a Disadvantage Neutral Has an Advantage
Labor costs
Utility costs
Availability of qualified employees
Availability of local development professionals
Availability of "spec" buildings or developable land
Availability of industrial space
Availability of office space
Availability of retail
Regulatory environment affecting business
Availability of development professionals for economic/community development
Support from regional organizations for economic/community development
Support from federal government for economic/community development
Housing costs
Funding availability to start a new business
Funding availability for business expansion
Funding availability for community and infrastructure projects
Overall business climate
Distance and isolation from markets
Population base

* 14. How do the following economic factors compare to five years ago?

  Worse Same Better
My household's economic circumstances
My business's economic circumstances
My community/county's economic circumstances

* 15. In no particular order, which of the following do you view as the top five economic/community development priorities for your community/county over the next three to five years? (Mark no more than 5)