Many thanks for agreeing to participate in this survey of Riverside business and institutional leaders. It should take about 10 minutes or less to complete. The results will be integrated into the City of Riverside’s new Economic Development (ED) Action Plan. All the information provided will be anonymous.

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* 1. Please rank the following economic development strategies based on the resources and time that should be allocated to each by the City of Riverside. (“1” means deserves the most resources and time from the City of Riverside, and “3” means deserves the least):

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* 2. Please make one selection that best represents your opinion on how the City of Riverside should allocate time, money, and resources for economic development:

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* 3. Below is a list of eleven economic development activities that focus primarily on existing businesses. Please rank order them in terms of the priority they should receive (“1” means the item deserves the most resources and time from the City of Riverside, “11” means the item deserves the least). 

There are two ways for you to answer this question:

1. Drag and drop answer choices in order of preference.
2. Or Use the dropdown menus to select a numerical rank for each answer choice.

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* 4. With respect to new businesses starting in Riverside, please indicate whether each of the following is a major challenge (“1” means it is not a challenge, “5” means it’s a huge challenge). You may use ranking numbers more than once.

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Capital – Obtaining loans, equity investment, or other forms of financing.
Support – Receiving assistance from courses, teachers, mentors, peers, incubators, maker-spaces, and other technical assistance providers.
Space – Obtaining affordable space (store, office, or factory) for the business.
Approvals – Obtaining licenses, permits, and other regulatory approvals from the City.
Talent – Finding and hiring skilled workers.

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* 5. With respect to attracting outside businesses, please rank order the following four strategic choices the City might make. (“1” being the highest priority, “4” being the lowest):

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* 6. My own business or institution could use help with all of the following:

Now Tell Us A Little About you
These data help us with statistical analysis. Your answers will be anonymous.

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* 7. Gender

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* 8. Age

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* 9. What is your ethnicity? (Please select all that apply.)

Business Information

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* 10. In what ZIP code is your business located? (enter 5-digit ZIP code; for example, 00544 or 94305)

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* 11. In what ZIP code is your home located? (enter 5-digit ZIP code; for example, 00544 or 94305)

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* 12. Indicate the description that best describes your business or institutional affiliation:

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* 13. Your business or institution fits best into which of the following sectors (check one):

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* 14. Number of full time employees.

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* 15. Most recent annual operating budget

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* 16. Years in operation

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