Now through October 31, Lake County Community Development Corporation (LCCDC), a Certified Regional Development Corporation for the State of Montana, is conducting this survey to gather feedback for the development of a 5-Year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Lake, Mineral and Sanders Counties and parts of the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Community input is important to the process and we greatly appreciate your time in taking this survey.

* 1. Please select the sector that most closely represents you.

* 2. What is the County of your business/employment or residence?

Education and Workforce Development. Please rank the following strategies from low priority to high priority.

* 3. Expand opportunities for students to engage in learning with local businesses like internships or apprenticeships.

* 4. Supports resources to increase the rate of graduation from high school, trade school and colleges for our local workforce.

* 5. Help employers to access finances and resources to develop and retain their existing workforce.

* 6. Support efforts to build workforce readiness.

* 7. Investigate creative ways to improve productivity of the current and potential workforce.

Financial Services. Please rank the following strategies from low priority to high priority.

* 8. Provide access to nontraditional capital to supplement lending and investor activity.

* 9. Develop and increase resources to support affordable housing for workers.

* 10. Increase and efficiently administer existing resources to support new and expanding business.

* 11. Help protect and build upon our region’s unique natural and cultural attractions in order to draw well-suited businesses and workers.

Transportation. Please answer yes or no.

* 12. Is supporting improvements in road quality to lower cost of travel and transport of goods a priority for you?

* 13. Is supporting improvements in rail availability to lower cost of travel and transport of goods a priority for you?

* 14. Is supporting improvements in air availability to lower cost of travel and transport of goods a priority for you?

Infrastructure. Please rank the following strategies from low priority to high priority.

* 15. Support improvements to water/sewer infrastructure.

* 16. Invest in existing local industrial sites to attract businesses that create well-paid jobs and increase and diversify the tax base.

* 17. Invest in the development of broadband infrastructure in our rural communities.

Entrepreneurship. Please rank the following strategies from low priority to high priority.

* 18. Promote local Economic Development Organizations dedicating to informing, educating and assisting entrepreneurs and businesses.

* 19. Identify and mobilize experienced, successful and skilled professionals to provide mentoring and business counseling services.

* 20. Identify and/or provide services for quality market analyses for local entrepreneurs and businesses from a qualified professional with market research experience.

* 21. Support the creation of business incubator sites.

* 22. Provide technical assistance to food entrepreneurs.

Food and Agriculture. Please rate how well your local grocery store meets your shopping expectations.

* 23. Quality of food.

* 24. Availability of food (variety, brand choices)

* 25. Prices of items offered

* 26. Customer service

* 27. Cleanliness of store

* 28. Convenient business hours

* 29. Travel time to grocery store

* 30. Supporting local business

* 31. Buying locally grown foods

* 32. Availability of healthy foods

* 33. Other - please specifiy

Please indicate how often you did each of these during the last year.

* 34. Cut down on my/family meals due to lack of food

* 35. Skipped a meal due to lack of food

* 36. Gone to a food pantry or soup kitchen to get or eat food

* 37. Shopped for the least expensive food available

* 38. Bought food that was labeled organic

* 39. Bought food that was grown or produced in Montana

* 40. Shopped at a farmer's market

Tourism Development. Please rank the following strategies from low priority to high priority.

* 41. Support tourism by creating strong Main Streets, community facilities and access to recreation.

* 42. Promote the area as a destination for year round leisure travel, and opportunities for geo-tourism and agri-tourism.

* 43. Enhance the County Fairgrounds as an asset to the County, communities and to businesses

* 44. Work with tribes' efforts to promote responsible access to tribal lands.

General Comments

* 45. What unique strengths can your County build on for economic development and growth?

* 46. What weaknesses pose challenges to economic development in your County?

* 47. List other economic development strategies that you think would be successful in your County.

* 48. Please recommend the top 3-5 projects in your area in which the Lake County Community Development Corporation and the local Economic Development Organization should invest their time or funds to advance the goals of the CEDS.

* 49. General Comments related to economic development in the region.

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