Attention Lacey business owners and residents, the city wants to hear from you.
As part of a renewed economic development effort, spearheaded by the city’s community development department, the city is reaching out to business owners and residents with two new surveys.
To conduct the business survey, the city is working with the Lacey South Sound Chamber, Community Development Director Rick Walk explained to the Lacey Finance Committee Wednesday morning.
A targeted email was sent to the chamber’s membership, including a link to a three-question survey. Results are expected at the end of the month. The chamber has 436 members, Executive Director Stephanie Hemphill said Wednesday.
Here are the three business survey questions: What three things could the city do or do differently to help your business be more successful? What three things do you wish the city would stop doing or do differently? What three things do you hope the city does not change?
There’s also space for the business owner to share any additional comments or suggestions, said George Smith, the city’s recently hired economic development coordinator.
The city also is asking residents for input on a retail preference survey.
Residents can either take the survey online, or wait to fill out a paper version which will be distributed to residents at the end of the month, or early March, in city utility bills. The paper version will require a stamp to send it back to the city.
Here are the retail survey questions:
-Please list any restaurants (or stores) not already located in Lacey where you, or members of your household, would shop or dine if they opened a store in the city?
-Please list any other stores or businesses offering shopping, recreation, entertainment, or services that you, or members of your household, would support if they opened in Lacey?
-What types of retail categories and/or store brands are lacking in the city?
The online survey can be found at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/retail-survey.
Community Development Director Walk also told the finance committee that his department is developing a letter, signed by Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder, that will welcome new businesses and include contact information for any questions or needs they might have, he said.
Finance Director Troy Woo said the march to developing a six-year budget plan for the city, an effort designed to address future projected budget deficits, begins at Thursday night’s city council work session. Six-year budget plan work sessions also are set for March 5 and April 2.
If you go: the Lacey City Council work session is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE Lacey.