The Central Nebraska Economic Development District, based in Chambers, is collecting surveys and will hold town hall meetings on the region’s future plans.
District executive director Judy Peterson says they want to update their efforts.
“We’re putting together a comprehensive economic development strategy,” Peterson says. “Part of it is required through the funding we receive from the Department of Commerce but it’s also a good practice for us to be in touch with our region, what are the needs, what are the trends.”
The survey is done every five years. Peterson says they want to get a pretty complete picture of their region.
“It’s a comprehensive survey of what the needs are, what do we have,” she says. “It’s not just what do we need. It’s what do we have in our region, what are our strengths, what are our weaknesses, opportunities and threats.”
Peterson says the survey is available online and it’s being dropped in the mail.
“We have started by sending out surveys to each and every county and community in our region,” she says. “We’re also sending out surveys to realtors, lenders and insurance agents, our economic development, our chambers of commerce, so we can start gathering that information.”
After the surveys are returned, Peterson says they will hold a town hall meeting in each county, starting later this month and extending into September.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton