The County of Grande Prairie is reaching out to gauge the business community's current needs and future plans with the fourth phase of the Business Retention & Expansion (BR +E) survey.  

The survey will identify opportunities and challenges facing local businesses and provide insight into how the County of Grande Prairie is viewed as a place to do business. Survey results will inform economic development programs and initiatives that respond to the needs and priorities of County businesses.  

"Regularly reaching out to take the pulse of our business community allows County Council to make better-informed decisions," says Reeve Leanne Beaupre. "By comparing year-over-year, we can track the impact of our economic development programs and initiatives to ensure our investments are driving a strong and healthy economy across our municipality."  

Randomized telephone surveys will begin Thursday, June 9 and continue until Wednesday, June 29. Businesses who receive a call are encouraged to take part. Select businesses may also be contacted by County staff for a more in-depth discussion.  

The BR + E program has been in place since 2018, with survey results and progress benchmarked over the past four years. Based on previous surveys and input from the business community, the County has introduced initiatives to support their needs, including the Business Support Network, job fairs and workshops. Survey results also reinforce County Council's advocacy priorities, including critical transportation corridors like Highway 40 and the 40X connector and other advocacy items like high-speed internet infrastructure. 

The County has retained the Economic and Policy Advisory team at Deloitte LLP to assist with the project. Findings from the interviews will be presented to County Council and published later this year. 

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Media Contact:  
Nick Lapp 
Director of Planning and Development 
780-513-3590