Draft Economic Strategy Survey

This Economic Strategy Survey is meant to begin to focus SCEDD’s efforts on identifying economic priorities and areas of need for each of our 13 member counties. The survey's high-level approach will assist future County economic committee groups by providing information by sharing your priorities as identified throughout the survey. The results of this survey will serve as the starting point in the spring of 2021 for the required Strengths Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy update and help the County economic committee groups to develop the project, policies, and economic development strategies for the Counties where you live and work. Thank you for your participation and we look forward to serving your Community in the future.  This survey will take 10-15 minutes so thank you for taking time out of your busy day. 

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* 1. Please select the County where you work, live, or serve as a representative. If you live and work in different Counties, please select the County where you work. If you work in multiple Counties please select the County where you office. 

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* 2. Please select the following that best represents your working role within the County.

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* 3. Please rate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 on your business or organization.

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* 4. Please select any of the following ways the COVID-19 pandemic has personally impacted you or the way your business is conducted.

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* 5. In 2021, please select the most important economic development assistance that you or your business would like to see to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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* 6. Please rate the importance of the following economic industries to the overall health and vibrancy to your County.

  Not Important Somewhat Important Important  Critically Important
Agriculture and Ranching
Construction and Real Estate
Finance or Financial Services
Recreation and Tourism
Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Leisure, & Hospitality
Health Care
Mining, oil, gas
Renewable Energy Production
Transportation and Delivery
Education
Government Services

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* 7. Please rate the importance of each of these different types of physical infrastructure to your County’s economic development.

  Not Important Somewhat Important Important Critically Important
Interstate or State highways
Electric and gas infrastructure
Water and Wastewater infrastructure
High-speed Internet connection (e.g., Broad band)
Railroads for freight 
Airports and landing strips
Parks, trails, open space, bike paths, or public lands
Local roadway conditions
Public transit
Schools, Colleges, or other educational facilities

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* 8. Rate the Quality of each of the physical infrastructure for your County.

  High Quality  Meets current needs Needs Improvement Critical need for Improvement
Interstate or State highways
Electric and gas infrastructure
Water and Wastewater infrastructure
High-speed Internet connection (e.g., Broad band)
Railroads for freight 
Airports and landing strips
Parks, trails, open space, bike paths, or public lands
Local roadway conditions
Public transit
Schools, Colleges, or other educational facilities

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* 9. Please rate the need for additional housing unit or efforts to be addressed within your County

  Exceeds current need Meets current needs Needs Improvement Critical need for improvement
Availability of single-family homes
Availability of apartment units
Number of buildable lots
Availability of construction/builder professionals
Nursing or senior housing
Assisted living units
Transitional Housing
Affordability of Homes
Affordability of Rentals
Land use policies or building codes
Additional low income housing

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* 10. Please rate the importance of Work Force Development for your County.

  Completely Disagree Disagree Agree Completely Agree
Too many high school students "opt out," drop out, or graduate without real abilities
Too few workers with two-year degrees or certificates
Too few graduates from four-year colleges & universities
Too many potential employees lack "soft skills" and good work attitudes
Local leaders without an understanding of economic development
Additional local elected official training so officials do not have to learn on the job
Too many of our best graduates can only find good careers outside the region
Too little employer-college interaction to make sure the curriculum addresses what is needed
Workforce Housing

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* 11. Please rate how the following natural disasters are likely to impact your County.

  Not Likely/No Impact Somewhat Likely/ Minor Impacts Likely/Large Impacts Very Likely/Critically Important to Address
Drought
Flood
Wildfire
Pandemics
Power or gas outrage
Earthquake
Problem Soils
Infestation
Severe Weather
Toxic Transport Spill
Landslides

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* 12. Due to limited funding, it is extremely important to understand what are the highest economic/community development priorities for your community/county over the next three to five years? Please choose your top 5. 

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* 13. What do you see as the biggest economic challenge in your County?

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* 14. Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD) is considering how to define its efforts to live out its mission to help make southern Colorado prosper. To help us consider our future role, could you please rate the following roles we are considering?

  Not Important Somewhat Important Important Critically Important
Technical assistance to local governments to achieve economic development goals
Robust economic planning that can be used by organizations and stakeholders to focus their efforts
Promoting a regional approach to economic development
Encouraging collaboration among economic development organizations and stakeholders
Increasing access to state, federal, and foundation grants through grant writing and training grant writers
Increasing access to debt and equity capital for businesses by filling unserved areas and partnering with existing business finance organizations
Partnering with non-profit housing developers to increase affordable owner occupied and rental housing stock in the region
Exercising leadership to promote reliable broadband access to the region
Assisting in efforts to improve the quality of life in the region through assisting in development of entertainment and recreational amenities

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* 15. Five years from now, your County’s economy will decline, stay the same, or improve?

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* 16. Are there other issues you would like SCEDD to address or other comments you would like to make?

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