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2nd Annual business survey gauges local job retention

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - It's been a tough year for Quincy businesses with the loss of several well-known staples in the community including the upcoming closing of Keller and Sons and the relocation of Quincy Compressor.

Now the Great River Economic Development Foundation (GREDF), along with city officials, is asking area businesses to participate in the 2nd annual business survey to help gauge the current job market.

The survey went out to via e-mail Wednesday morning to more than 2,000 area businesses.

Some of the 15 survey questions include; "What are the community's strengths and weaknesses as a place to do business?" and "Are there things missing in our region that you need to help your business grow?"

"The questions were really tailor made for Quincy," Mike Nobis, owner of JK Creative Printers said. "They asked the right questions, questions that are important for our community to know."

JK Creative Printers has been around for more than a century serving as a commercial printing service. So when area businesses close down, Nobis says that creates a trickle down effect.

"Anytime a business, like Quincy Compressor or anybody, goes out of town or leaves or goes out of business, it does affect us because that's one less, two less or three less customers we get to deal with," Nobis said.

Maggie Strong is the GREDF project manager and says their goal is to get out in front of possible business closings.

This year's survey will give a snapshot on ways to improve the future workforce by adding two questions regarding businesses' succession plans.

"What their plans are for when their workforce might be retiring or moving on," Strong said. "They need to have an idea what they plan to do with those new, available positions."

Strong says they'll be hiring a new workforce person to serve on the GREDF staff to address career planning and guidance. The results of the survey will be shared in the next couple of months.


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