Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sarasota's 5 Year Economic Development Strategic Plan Survey

Always complaining for ways to have your voice rise above the crowd? Here's your chance. Take a few minutes to fill out the survey. Read the letter from the EDC below and follow the appropriate links:

As a neighborhood leader you may know that the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is working with local and regional partners to update a five-year economic development strategic plan for the community. The purpose of this plan is to identify targeted opportunities that would diversify our economy, and increase the competitiveness of our existing businesses so they can continue to be a vital part of our region. We recognize that this will require us to assess and build on our own assets, as well as explore new ideas.

To help develop this plan, we need your thoughts. The following links will connect you to a 15-minute survey that will ask you to identify the region's strengths and weaknesses in key areas that support a strong economy. We recognize that this survey may be a bit long, however, it collects an array of valuable information and serves as a foundation for a multi-year platform for the economy. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to take the time to provide your input.

This survey information will be combined with other quantitative data and information to create a community assessment and narrow down options that the economic plan will explore in more detail. At the end of the survey you will see how your answers compare to others who have taken the survey-real time feedback.

If you are a member of multiple business or community organizations, you may receive this request more than once, but you need only take the survey once. If you own or manage a business and also belong to a community organization, please take the survey as a business participant.

We appreciate your feedback by November 18.

If you have any questions about this survey please e-mail questions@starassessment.com. Thank you for your participation - your input is greatly valued.

Emily S. Sperling
Community Relations Manager
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Live Oak Corporate Center
2601 Cattlemen Road Suite 201
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 309-1200 ext. 106 Fax (941) 309-1209

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