UM-Flint’s Office of Economic Development and EDA University Center for Community & Economic Development have launched the third annual I-69 Thumb Business Climate Survey. The 2020 Business Climate Survey aims to provide a better understanding of what issues are most important to businesses in the seven-county region.

 Through a series of short questions, the survey asks for feedback regarding business leaders’ opinions on various factors that have an impact on their ability to conduct business in the region. The information will be used to help improve and strengthen the local business climate.

 According to David Merot, director of UM-Flint’s EDA University Center for Community & Economic Development, “This year the survey has been modified to include questions related to the impact of COVID-19 on business operations as well as business leaders’ expectations for recovery.”

 The survey results will help inform policy makers, economic development professionals, and community leaders about the needs of businesses and opportunities to improve the economic and business development ecosystem. The data and comments that are collected will help to gauge the pulse of the business community with the intention of gathering input from every type of business, ranging from sole proprietors to small businesses and large manufacturing firms.

 The survey will remain open until mid-November, at which point a team of faculty, staff, and student research assistants will analyze and summarize the responses. Key findings and aggregated data will be shared with policymakers, local leaders, and business support organizations. Respondents are not asked to provide their name or the name of their business. The online survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

 “The annual Business Climate Survey provides us with the opportunity to look at the economic development landscape from the lens of business leaders. This first-hand knowledge provides invaluable information for policymakers as we all work together to navigate the economic impact of the pandemic,” said Paula Nas, director of UM-Flint’s Office of Economic Development.

 Please contact Paula Nas at for more information.

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