Northwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (NWC) is in process of developing an updated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS contributes to effective economic development in America’s communities and regions through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process.

The Northwest Commission is the designated Local Development District (LDD) serving an eight-county region of Northwest Pennsylvania.

Clarion | Crawford | Erie | Forest | Lawrence | Mercer | Venango | Warren

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* 1. What county to you live in? (single choice)

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* 2. How would you grade the health of the region’s economy pre-COVID-19?

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* 3. How well does our Northwest PA region rate across the following areas? 


  Not Well Average Very Well N/A
Job / population growth
Diversity of industries (manufacturing, professional, technology, etc)
Entrepreneurial / small business vitality
K-12 education system
College and university system
University research
Career / job opportunities
Equitable and inclusive access to jobs and resources
Wage levels
Taxes
Roads and highways
Public transportation system
Utility costs
High-speed internet access
Regulatory environment
Housing availability / cost
Arts, culture, and entertainment
Retail and dining options
Quality of life

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* 4. What should be our region’s top economic development priorities for the next five years? (Please pick up to 5)

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* 5. What industry clusters are the most desirable targets for future economic development in our region? (Please pick up to 5)

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* 6. If you had a magic wand, what one change would you make to improve our region’s economic future?

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* 7. What do you believe are the region’s untapped or underutilized economic development resources?

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* 8. Do you own or manage a business in our region? If you respond yes, please respond to questions 9-19. If you answer no, please skip ahead to question 20. 

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* 9. What industry is your business in?

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* 10. What types of operations do you have here?

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* 11. Approximately how many people does your company employ in our region?

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* 12. In the next five years, my business expects to increase/decrease the following:

  Increase Decrease No Change N/A
Employment headcount in this region
Workforce training in this region
Capital investment in this region
Local spending in this region

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* 13. Which of the following would benefit your company if more were located in this region? (Check all that Apply)

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* 14. How would you rate your company's ability to fill job vacancies in the next 5 years?

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* 15. What job openings are most difficult to fill today (by job title)?

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* 16. What concerns do potential hires have about our region when you try do recruit them here?

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* 17. To better serve your business’ hiring needs, this region needs to increase education and training of individuals with the following skill sets (list up to three):

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* 18. What are the top 3 reasons why companies should choose to locate in this region?

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* 19. What one specific thing should leaders do to make the region a more competitive location for your business?

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* 20. What is your age range? (Optional)

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* 21. What is your gender? (Optional)

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* 22. What is your race? (Optional)

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* 23. In what range is your household income?

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* 24. Thank you for participating in this survey. Please provide any additional thoughts that would be helpful to the planning process.

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