Local Economic Development Organization Survey
Do you have a hand in economic development for your community or region? Next month economic developers across the state will have the opportunity to participate in the first Connecticut Local Economic Survey coordinated by the University of Connecticut Extension in partnership with the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). The purpose of the survey is to understand who is involved in economic development activities in Connecticut and how economic development strategies are conducted at the local level over time. A participation link for the online survey will be distributed through economic organizations in January.
According to the developer of the survey, Laura Brown, Community & Economic Development Educator with the University of Connecticut Extension, the results will be used to help municipalities and organizations identify opportunities to coordinate on regional strategies, make comparable investments in economic development, and implement strategies that are most effective. "This study will help communities see where they stand compared to others in and outside of Connecticut." The survey includes some questions that are also conducted as part of a national survey implemented by the International City County Management Association every five years. The survey asks about structure and organization of economic development functions in organizations and municipalities, investments being made in economic development, strategies being implemented and how are they evaluated, and demographic information about economic development staff.