GREDF business survey back for second year

Posted: Jul. 18, 2014 12:12 pm Updated: Aug. 8, 2014 12:22 pm


Business owners and managers in the Quincy area are being asked to fill out surveys that will give local officials a snapshot of the area's business environment.

The Great River Economic Development Foundation, working in tandem with the city of Quincy and Adams County officials, is sending out its second annual business survey. The survey was launched last year to gauge the business environment in the region.

"This survey is a proactive effort to identify and better understand area businesses and both the opportunities and challenges these businesses face," GREDF President Marcel Wagner said in a release.

The survey has 15 questions and is designed so an individual can fill it out in five minutes or less. Questions include: "What are the community's strengths and weaknesses as a place to do business?"

A number of questions relate to workforce issues. The survey is anonymous, and data will only be shared in an aggregate form. Results will be shared in coming months.

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore and Adams County Board Chairman Les Post urged participation in the survey, which will help shape community efforts on behalf of the business community.

Eighty percent of last year's respondents listed quality of life as one of the community's top strengths. Sixty-four percent cited low cost of living as a positive.

The survey is available online at and through the city's website at and county's website at Surveys also have been emailed to businesses and organizations in the area. Paper copies are available at the GREDF Office in the Oakley Lindsay Center, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 256.