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EDA hopes survey will help Farmington businesses

Earlier this month, 173 Farmington business owners received a survey asking them how the city can help them enhance their businesses. So far, only five have been returned, and the deadline is just a week away.

The surveys were sent out as part of the Farmington Economic Development Authority’s strategic plan to bring new business into the community. The plan is being developed as a long-term tool to bring new business to the community.

But the priority of the plan, according to city administrator David McKnight, is to first improve business retention and expansion, and to market and promote the businesses already in Farmington.

“Our ultimate goal is to have the survey completed by as many business owners as possible so the EDA can have your insight when making future decisions,” McKnight wrote in his letter to Farmington businesses.

The nine-question survey asks business owners for their overall opinion of Farmington as a place to do business. They’re also asked to comment on the business climate factors in Farmington, as well as why they choose to remain in business in this community.

“We want to know what they are doing to promote their own businesses, what their plans are in the future, and what they are looking for from the city,” McKnight said. “Those are just some of the different areas we covered.”

The survey also asks business owners for a brief description of their businesses, so city staff is able to answer any questions they hear about Farmington’s businesses.

The deadline for the business owner survey is April 4. The EDA will incorporate the feedback into its strategic plan.

The EDA also plans to start visiting Farmington businesses again this spring, McKnight added.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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