We are graduate students from Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California (USC), majoring in International Public Policy and Management. We are currently working on our final project for earning our masters degree.

We are researching how to enhance the business and economic climate in the San Fernando Valley (SFV). We hope you will take a few minutes to take this brief survey. Your feedback would be helpful for us to determine what actions might be appropriate to create San Fernando Valley as a vibrant and friendly business area.

The survey is brief--9 questions. Be assured that all of your individual responses will be kept in the strictest confidentiality. We will only be sharing summary results.

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact our Professor Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, Ph.D., and President, KH Consulting Group, at gayla@khcg.com

In advance, thank you for your assistance.

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* 1. If you have a business location in the SFV, please indicate:

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* 2. If you had a business location in the SFV but have since relocated it, please indicate:

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* 3. What factors pose the greatest obstacles for your business?

  Major Obstacle Obstacle Minor Obstacle No Obstacle
Tax rates and tax regulations
Inefficient government bureaucracy
Restrictive labor regulations
Inadequately trained or educated workforce
Poor work ethic in labor force
Insufficient capacity to innovate
Inflation
Inadequate supply of infrastructure
Policy instability
Access to financing
Crime and theft
Foreign currency regulations
Poor public health
Corruption
Government instability or uncertainty

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* 4. How focused are LA City officials on SFV issues?

  Focused Somewhat focused Somewhat unfocused Not focused at all Don't Know
Creating opportunities to enhance the business and economic opportunities in SFV
Addressing social issues (e.g., crime, education, quality of life) in SFV
Addressing transportation and traffic challenges in SFV

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* 5. What can the City of Los Angeles government do to help your business to grow and prosper?

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* 7. What is your position in your company?

Thank you for completing the survey. Please hit SUBMIT RESPONSE.

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* 8. If you would like to know the results of the survey, please share your email.

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