SENDD 2016 CEDS Survey

SENDD is looking for community input for the SENDD area Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Any interested Citizen, Elected Official, or Community Leader living or working in Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, or York Counties is invited to participate in this strategic planning activity. A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is designed to bring together public and private sectors in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies.

If you have any questions regarding this CEDS process, feel free to contact Judi Meyer, jmeyer@sendd.org. The data collected here will become part of a regional CEDS discussion with private citizens, elected officials and economic development and business leaders.

* 2. What City/Town/Village are you from/do you represent? (optional)

* 3. The 2012 CEDS identified the following five items as regional Strengths.  Please provide your opinion as to whether these items are still strengths and whether there has been any change from five years ago.

  Greater Strength now than five years ago. Unchanged Strength from five years ago. Lesser Strength than five years ago. No longer a regional Strength. No Opinion
Strong/Well Positioned Regional Economy
Strong Agricultural Economy
Relatively Strong Community Civic Capacity
Well Educated Workforce
Strong Workforce Development System

* 4. Please add any new Strengths the region now has.

* 5. The 2012 CEDS identified the following five items as regional Weaknesses.  Please provide your opinion as to whether these items are still Weaknesses and whether there has been any change from five years ago.

  Greater Weakness than five years ago. Unchanged Weakness from five years ago. Lesser Weakness than five years ago. No longer a regional Weakness. No Opinion
Size and Lack of Scale
Fracturing of Development Efforts
Lack of Development Investment and Staffing
Industrial Attraction vs. Entrepreneur - Develop Focus
Limited Number of Growth Entrepreneurs

* 6. Please add any new Weaknesses the region now has.

* 7. The 2012 CEDS identified the following five items as regional Opportunities.  Please provide your opinion as to whether these items are still Opportunities and whether there has been any change from five years ago.

  Greater Opportunity than five years ago. Unchanged Opportunity from five years ago. Lesser Opportunity than five years ago. No longer a regional Opportunity. No Opinion
Rebounding and Resourcing Manufacturing
Likely Continued Strength in Production Agriculture
Opportunities for Regional Development Initiatives
Regional Prosperity Trust Fund
Capitalization on Retiree Economy

* 8. Please add any new Opportunities the region now has.

* 9. The 2012 CEDS identified the following five items as regional Threats.  Please provide your opinion as to whether these items are still Threats and whether there has been any change from five years ago.

  Greater Threat than five years ago. Unchanged Threat from five years ago. Lesser Threat than five years ago. No longer a regional Threat. No Opinion
Demographics - Depopulation - Aging Population
Weaker Commodity Prices & Ag Real Estate Crash
Rising Real Fuel Prices
Recession in Lincoln and/or Omaha - National Recession
Government Funding Crisis

* 10. Please add any new Threats the region now has.

* 11. To what extent do you believe that SENDD played a part in making any changes you identified above?

Very Small Role
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* 12. If you answered in the "Very Small Role" range to the above question, what could SENDD do to improve its impact in your community/county?

* 13. What strategies would most benefit your community's/county's economic development efforts?

* 14. What are your community's/county's/the region's most promising sources of innovation and development?

* 15. What necessary resources are lacking in your area or the region as a whole, in order to transform these innovations into new projects or development?

* 16. Can your area realistically close the gap to move forward?

* 17. If the resources are secured, does your area have the capability to generate additional opportunity and success?

* 18. SENDD has identified a Regional Growth Strategy with 1. Broad-Based Wealth Creation, 2. Economic Resilience, and 3. Regional Collaboration.as its goals.

* 19. Please rank the following proposed 2017-21 regional objectives from 1-10.

* 20. How well do you think the strategy and objectives identified in questions #18 and #19 will address the needs of your community/county, and the region as a whole over the next five years?

Very Little Potential Good Potential to Address Needs
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