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GREDF asking business owners for feedback on local job market

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Have you ever wanted to voice your opinion on how to improve the local job market?

Now you have a chance.

The Great River Economic Development Foundation along with Quincy city officials released a new online survey Wednesday for business owners to fill out in an effort to help gauge the current job market in our region.

There's no question that it takes a lot to keep a small business like J.K. Creative Printers, going.

And Owner Mike Nobis says that fact is only complicated because of the state his business is in.

"Of course in Illinois, taxes are the highest in the country, we have the worst workers comp rates in the country, we are twice as high as the next highest, which is California, and regulation is ridiculous," said Nobis.

And it's opinions like this, that Great River Economic Development Foundation officials and Quincy city officials want to hear about.

In a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Kyle Moore and GREDF officials released a new online survey for both Quincy and Adams County business owners.

Marcel Wagner with GREDF says, the confidential survey aims to find out how the city can not only retain the jobs they have but also create more, better paying jobs.

"What we're hoping to identify are trends, that will allow us with our partners to make some improvements and help where we need to help. If there's issues with workforce or infrastructure, we're hoping to identify those," said Wagner.

And after taking the 13 question survey, Nobis has message for other business owners, to do the same.

"Just take the time to fill it out. It takes about 15 minutes to do it. Fill it out, get it sent in, because they really do need to have their voices heard, so that our leaders really can carry that information forward," said Nobis.

The survey was also sent out via e-mail to 2200 businesses in the area as well.

Wagner says the results from the survey will be released in about a month.

To take the survey click here.

 

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