Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey about economic conditions in the Bear Paw Economic Development District, which encompasses Hill, Blaine, Liberty, Phillips and Chouteau Counties, and the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy's Indian Reservations.

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* 1. Where do you reside?

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* 2. What do you believe are the greatest economic strengths of your community and/or the northern Montana region?

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* 3. What do you believe are the greatest economic weaknesses in your community and/or the region?

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* 4. What threats could potentially impact your community and/or the region? (Examples include the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, loss of a major employer, national or global economic downturn, etc.)

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* 5. How can those threats be overcome and what opportunities do you see to improve the economy of northern Montana?

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* 6. What should the region focus on in order to build a stronger, more resilient economy?

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Alternative transportation (bus service, rideshare services, etc.)
Enhancing K-12 education and curricula
Revitalization of existing neighborhoods and downtowns
Art, music, theater, and film
Tourism and region-wide promotion, information, and marketing
Public safety
Workforce training programs (post-high school and college-level)
Expanded and improved public utilities (water, sewer, etc.)
Access to childcare
Management and protection of natural resources
Parks, trails, and other public greenspaces
Attraction and retention of entrepreneurs and start-up businesses
New and/or revitalized housing
High-speed internet access
Road, bridge, and rail improvements
Agricultural and timber industries
New industrial parks/expansion and promotion of existing industrial parks
Encourage and plan for new technologies
Medical services (hospitals, clinics, specialists, senior care, etc.)
New commercial development

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* 7. What specific activities or other economic priorities do you think would help achieve economic growth or resiliency in the local and/or regional economy?

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* 8. Other comments regarding the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, or threats of the local/regional economy?

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* 9. **Optional** If you would like to enter the drawing for the $100 gift card, please leave your contact information.

Thank you for taking this survey!
Your answers and comments will help inform the Bear Paw Development Corporation
2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
Visit our website at www.bearpaw.org for more information and to keep up-to-date with the CEDS.

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