The purpose of this survey is to gain insights and perspective's from the Walker County's residents regarding the county's economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). The information gained through this survey will inform the Economic Development Strategy Plan (EDSP) developed for the county's future growth and development efforts.

If you have any questions regarding this survey or the EDSP process, please contact Jesslan Wilson, Director of Economic Development, at jwilson@rpcgb.org.

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* 1. Which category best describes your affiliation with Walker County?

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* 2. In your opinion, what are the county's top three competitive strengths, or assets? Choose up to three.

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* 3. In your opinion, what are the county's top three weaknesses, or constraints? Choose up to three.

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* 4. How would you rate the county's economic performance/growth over the last 5 years?

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* 5. To me, successful development in Walker County means: (choose up to three answers)

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* 6. How well does the county meet your expectations in the following economic and market areas:

  Very Unsatisfied Unsatisfied Average Satisfied Very Satisfied Not sure
Future Economic Growth Potential
Arts and Culture
Cost of Living
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiatives
Local and Regional Leadership
Economic Diversity
Image as a Business Destination
Image as Tourist Destination
Appeal to Young Professionals
Small Business Resources/Support
Entrepreneurial Support
Job Availability
Wage Levels
Access to Career Advancement Opportunities
Access to Training/Skills Building Programs
Apprenticeship Availability
Broadband Access
Water and Sewer Infrastructure Conditions
Housing Accessibility and Affordability
Public Transportation Accessibility and Utility
Road/Highway System Conditions
Commute Times to work and school
Pedestrian/Bicycle Routes

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* 7. What opportunities do you believe exist or are developing within the county? This may speak to current or potential business and industry initiatives, or aspects regarding the quality of life in the county.

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* 8. In your opinion, where is the county lacking in development when compared to other counties nearby?

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* 9. In your opinion, what are the top three infrastructure development issues facing the county?

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* 10. In your opinion, what are the top three most important project areas necessary to improve/enhance the county's economic development? (Choose up to three)

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* 11. Economic resiliency refers to the ability of a local economy to avoid, withstand, or quickly recover from the negative impacts of an economic shock. Given this definition, how would you rate the economic resilience of the county as a whole?

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* 12. Regional Economic Resiliency Threats:

Please rank the following list of economic resiliency threats from largest to least threatening to the county, with 1 being the largest threat and 10 being the smallest threat.

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* 13. How well does the county meet your expectations in the following Quality of Life areas:

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Arts/culture facilities and programs
Diversity and inclusiveness
Entertainment, nightlife, and dining options
Environment and sustainability programs
Family and child-friendly options
Human/social services affordability and availability
Outdoor recreation opportunities & parks
Philanthropic and community development activity
Retail and shopping destinations
Sense of personal and property safety
Sense of community, connectedness, and civic participation
Housing affordability
K-12 school system quality
Access to educational opportunities

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* 14. Select the top five areas you believe should be included as development priorities in the Economic Development Strategy Plan (EDSP) for the county:

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* 15. Did we miss anything? Please include any other comments you have about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and/or threats to the county's economy and development not covered in this survey.

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