Foothills Regional Commission is the lead organization designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to facilitate economic development planning and assistance in Cleveland, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford Counties and the municipalities located therein.
 
The key planning tool used in this effort is the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and 2023 marks the time to update this five-year economic development plan for the region. 
 
The Foothills Regional Commission is requesting your participation in the development of the 2023 CEDS report. We encourage you to provide your valuable feedback and insight about the region by participating in this 10-minute survey. Upon completion, please share with other community members in the 4-county area. 
 
The CEDS survey will remain open until April 30th, 2023. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alan Toney at atoney@foothillsregion.org.

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* 1. I have adequate high-speed internet access at: (Select any that apply)

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* 2. I am satisfied with my current housing. 

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* 3. My community is a good place to live and work.

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* 4. Where I live, there are opportunities for minority and low-income people to engage in community decisions.

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* 5. My town/city promotes investment in its downtown.

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* 6. My community invests in walkable infrastructure (ex: sidewalks, greenways, etc).

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* 7. Which group or organization needs to do more to prepare students to be successful in the workplace?

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* 8. My community supports small businesses.

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* 9. There are gaps in healthcare in my community.

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* 10. Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, please describe how your household has been affected economically: (Select any that apply)

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* 11. Did you work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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* 12. The job training resources that I need are available to me.

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* 13. My community is a good place to retire.

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* 14. Do you use public transit to get to work? 

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* 15. Identify the economic assets that your county has from the list below. Select all that apply.

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* 16. What are the biggest threats to economic resiliency in the region? Select up to three.
Economic resiliency is defined by the ability to recover quickly from a shock, the ability to withstand a shock, and the ability to avoid the shock altogether.

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* 17. How prepared do you believe the region is for economic shocks?

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* 18. How would you rate the resiliency of the region?

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* 19. Which county do you live in?

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* 20. Which age range do you belong to?

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* 21. Please select your gender. 

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* 22. Please select your race. (Select any that apply)

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* 23. Please select your employment status. 

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* 24. Please select your highest level of education.

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* 25. Which earnings range do you belong to? (household income)

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* 26. How many adults live in your household?

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* 27. Regarding housing, my community needs more: (Select all that apply)

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* 28. Do you have any other comments you would like to share?

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