About the Survey

Opportunity Florida, Northwest Florida’s ten county regional economic development alliance, has launched an online community survey to capture resident feedback regarding the region’s future economic development efforts. The survey, being conducted by its consultant VisionFirst Advisors, is part of the development of an overall strategic economic development plan.

For the region’s efforts to be successful, it is important to hear from members of the community. The survey gives you, as a resident, the opportunity to provide feedback on how you feel about the role of economic development, what type of growth and industry you think is best suited for the region and how you feel about the quality of life that you currently enjoy.

The short survey below should only take five minutes and it will close on August 24th. Please share the survey with friends and family in the region. Thank you in advance for your participation!

From an economic development standpoint, where would you like to see the Opportunity Florida region in five years? (Check the top three)

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* 1. From an economic development standpoint, where would you like to see the Opportunity Florida region in five years? (Check the top three)

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement about your county/regional economy?

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* 2. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement about your county/regional economy?

  Disagree Neutral Agree
All residents have equal access to economic opportunity
Wages and salaries make it possible to maintain my standard of living
Everybody who wants a job can get a job
Education and job training is available to residents who want or need it
Businesses are growing
Entrepreneurs can start and succeed
The region attracts businesses or is seen as a business destination
The region 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
What do you see as the region’s greatest strengths and biggest weaknesses?

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* 3. What do you see as the region’s greatest strengths and biggest weaknesses?

  Weakness Not a strength Strength Substantial strength
Affordability
Ease of doing business/regulatory environment
Available sites/buildings for new industry or expansions
Workforce skills and availability
Workforce costs
Access and affordability of high-speed internet for home and business
Quality of life amenities
Tax environment
Connectivity – location, traffic and roadways
Support for existing industry growth and expansion
Technical support of entrepreneurs and small business
Education (public and private)
Opportunities for higher education including technical training
Angel funding and other start-up support
Crime and personal safety
Housing options (rental and home ownership)
Organized business leadership
A shared vision of where the region is going
When it comes to the availability and quality of infrastructure, business and community services, how would you rate the following? (Meets our needs; Improvements are necessary, Serious problems exist, No opinion)

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* 4. When it comes to the availability and quality of infrastructure, business and community services, how would you rate the following? (Meets our needs; Improvements are necessary, Serious problems exist, No opinion)

  Meets our needs. Improvements are necessary.  Serious problems exist. No opinion. 
Utilities
Cell phone service
Internet/broadband services
County/city road and streets
Public transit system
Bike and pedestrian infrastructure (trails/paths)
Park/recreation/trail offerings
Retail and shopping services
Entertainment, nightlife, and dining
Community center/meeting rooms
Daycare options
Healthcare services
Library services
Arts/cultural programs/facilities
Overall community appearance
Citizen involvement
Law enforcement and fire department
Access to non-emergency health and dental care
Access emergency health care
Pre-school opportunities/choices
Elementary school opportunities/choices
Secondary school opportunities/choices
Post-secondary school opportunities/choices
Technical training opportunities/choices
Overall condition of housing stock
Overall affordability of housing
Availability of single family homes
Availability of apartment units
Number of buildable lots
Contractor/builder availability
Nursing/assisted living home units
What type of new businesses and industry do you want to see in the region? (Check all that apply)

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* 5. What type of new businesses and industry do you want to see in the region? (Check all that apply)

In interviews with regional leaders and organizations, the issue of retaining recent graduates and young professionals is a concern. What do you believe are the biggest challenges to retaining that talent?

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* 6. In interviews with regional leaders and organizations, the issue of retaining recent graduates and young professionals is a concern. What do you believe are the biggest challenges to retaining that talent?

What should be the region’s top priorities for economic development? (What would the region like to achieve?) Please select up to three strategies.

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* 7. What should be the region’s top priorities for economic development? (What would the region like to achieve?) Please select up to three strategies.

What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received?

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* 8. What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received?

What is your age?

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* 9. What is your age?

Please note the sector in which you are currently employed (mark only one response).

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* 10. Please note the sector in which you are currently employed (mark only one response).

How long have you lived in the region?

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* 11. How long have you lived in the region?

Which county do you currently reside?

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* 12. Which county do you currently reside?

Please provide your name and email if you would like additional information about this project and Opportunity Florida.

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* 13. Please provide your name and email if you would like additional information about this project and Opportunity Florida.

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