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Many business leaders say they are optimistic about the local economy

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A recent survey of Bellingham business leaders indicates many are optimistic about the economy, and most rate Bellingham as a good place to do business.

In November of 2013, the City of Bellingham conducted a survey of randomly selected businesses located within the City. Three hundred business owners, managers, CEOs and presidents participated in a 40-question telephone interview, designed to help City officials better understand and support businesses in Bellingham.

This research follows similar surveys completed in 2007 and 2010. The results inform day-to-day decision making as well as contribute to measurement of the City’s progress in achieving long-term goals.

Survey questions were related to economic outlook for businesses and the City, experience doing business in Bellingham, and satisfaction with city services that support business.

Business outlook improving

While many of these ratings show significant improvement since 2010, which was the heart of the recession, none have recovered to the level of 2007 ratings.

Rating City services

Businesses also were asked to rate how well City government does in providing various services. Most of these ratings have remained stable since past surveys.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office.

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Published: March 20, 2014

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