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Cape Coral launches economic survey

By CJ HADDAD - | Sep 15, 2023

Sharon Woodbury

The city of Cape Coral is looking for input from its residents when it comes to future economic development in the Cape.

The city has launched an online public survey that “aims to drive economic growth and enhance the quality of life in Cape Coral.”

The “Economic & Business Development Public Survey” will run until Oct. 13 at 5 p.m., and officials say it will help establish an Economic Development Strategic Plan.

“Obtaining public input is essential because it provides diverse perspectives that allow the plan to reflect the needs and desires of the community, and it promotes inclusivity by involving residents and businesses in the project,” said Cape Coral’s Economic & Business Development director Sharon Woodberry.

According to city officials, key objectives of the public survey are:

• Promote Public Engagement: The city encourages every resident to participate, as their input is invaluable in shaping the future of Cape Coral.

• Resident Occupancy: Identify the most common length of resident occupancy, helping the city understand the dynamics of our community.

• Infrastructure Investment: Determine the most pressing needs for infrastructure investment to enhance the livability of Cape Coral.

• Government Role: Gauge public support for the role of government in driving economic development and community improvement.

• Job Market: Obtain information on the current status of the job market in Cape Coral.

• Educational System: Identify gaps in the educational system and how the city can improve opportunities for our youth.

• Commercial Development: Evaluate public opinion on enhanced commercial development, particularly in South Cape.

• Building a Great City: Discover what is missing in Cape Coral to make it an even greater city for all residents.

Cape Coral officials state the city is committed to making data-driven decisions, and that resident participation in this 10-question survey will help ensure that Cape Coral’s future development aligns with the desires and needs of the community.

“The survey will help the city of Cape Coral identify its strengths and strategize how to use them for economic growth while addressing our community’s urgent needs. Incorporating public input into economic development planning leads to more robust, community-oriented, and sustainable strategies,” Woodberry said.

To participate in the survey, visit surveymonkey.com.