Headwaters Regional Development Commission is seeking input from community stakeholders to inform our 2022 - 2026 Regional Economic Plan.  The survey contains questions formed around the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Analysis (SWOT).  The survey will help in the development of a new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).  The CEDS is a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process and document that creates the space for our region to identify it's strengths and weaknesses and brings together a diverse committee to generate good jobs, diversify the economy, and spur economic growth. 

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes and will be open through Sunday, April 4th.   For more information or questions, please contact the CEDS Committee Facilitator, Antonio Franklin. 

Contact:    
Antonio Franklin Jr., Committee Facilitator 
(218)333-6548
afranklin@hrdc.org 

Thanks for your participation! 

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* 1. What age group are you in?

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* 2. What county do you live in?

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* 3. How long have you lived in the Headwaters Region?

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* 4. How would you describe your employment status? 

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* 6. What is your racial/ethnic category?

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* 7. How likely are you to agree with the following statements?

  Very likely  Somewhat likely  Not likely 
I recommend my community as a place to live
I am to recommend my community as a place to start a business
I am to recommend my community as a place to visit
I am considering relocating to another community outside Headwaters Region

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* 8. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding your community's economy?

  Disagree  Neutral  Agree
Entrepreneurs can succeed here
I can advance in my chosen career 
Business is growing 
Education and job training are available to residents who really need it 
All residents have equal access to economic opportunity 
The business climate is competitive 

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* 9. Rate the following aspects of your community's quality of life.

  A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C-
Arts and cultural facilities and programs
Diversity and inclusiveness
Entertainment, nightlife, and dining 
Environment and sustainability 
Family and child-friendly options 
Social services resources 
Outdoor recreation and public parks 
Philanthropic and community development activities  
Retail and shopping destinations 
Sense of personal and property safety
Sense of community, connectedness, and civic participation 

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* 10. What are your top five concerns about the competitiveness of your community's future economy?

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* 11. How would you rate career and technical education options in your community?

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* 12. When it comes to infrastructure availability and quality, how would you rate the following?

  A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C-
Highways, streets, road access and quality
Traffic and congestion 
Commute times and transportation options
Biking and pedestrian infrastructure 
Water supply and resources
Housing availability and affordability
Telecommunications
Availability of broadband services 
Services for aging and disabled populations  

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* 13. How do you prefer to stay up-to-date with current economic events and trends?

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* 14. Do you have any other comments about your local economy?  (Optional)

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