The City of Midwest City’s Economic Development Department is conducting an online business retention and expansion survey of more than 1400 individual businesses citywide. Within the next few days, every business owner or manager in the city should receive notice of the survey, which is being conducted in an effort to gauge the health of the local economy.
The link to a special web address for the survey will be on a postcard mailed to local businesses, including home-based businesses with a lone proprietor. The survey consists of about 30 questions related to the business, city services, and other indicators of the local business climate. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
“We conducted a similar survey in 2015, but it was limited to businesses with known e-mail addresses,” said Robert Coleman, the city’s director of economic development. “We wanted to get a greater cross-sampling this year so we are trying a new approach,” Coleman said.
The city’s Comprehensive Plan recommends conducting surveys to develop policies to improve the economic environment and quality of life in Midwest City. Coleman said supporting local businesses and developing policies to foster economic vitality in the city is a priority for city management and elected officials in Midwest City.
Midwest City, with an estimated population of nearly 60,000 is the eighth largest city in the state.
The city used its existing data and State of Oklahoma Tax Commission and Secretary of State filing to establish a database for mailing. Businesses that did not receive a postcard are asked to call (405) 739-1218 to participate.
The survey will be active from September 21 to October 2 with results available shortly thereafter. The results of the survey will be posted on the city’s website.