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Take the 4Business Climate Survey

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Montgomery County has launched a new survey, the 4Business Climate Survey, as part of its 4Business: Benchmarking to Be the Best for Business initiative. This is the next step in gathering information to evaluate Montgomery County’s business environment. Responses will help inform the County about actions it can take to encourage businesses to locate, expand and thrive here.  Survey responses will also be used to enhance business and County relations. 

“We are focused on steps we can take to help businesses to locate, grow and succeed in Montgomery County,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “It is important that the business community take the survey to let us know what works, what does not, what we can do to help, and what is needed to foster a supportive and welcoming relationship with our businesses. We want the business community and residents to share their experiences and ideas for enhancing the business environment so that we can help them thrive. Healthy businesses are essential for the economic well-being of the County and job opportunities for residents.”

The 4Business Climate Survey includes four sections: general background about businesses; feedback on the business environment in the County; experience with the County procurement requirements; and ease of access to government. There are 55 questions, and the survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. The survey was developed with support and input from focus sessions with the business community.

The survey follows six 4Business listening sessions that were held around the County. Dozens of business owners participated in the listening sessions, and transcripts of those sessions are posted on the County’s 4Business website under the queue 4Business Public Engagement.

County Council Vice President Sidney Katz is partnering with County Executive Elrich on the 4Business initiative.

“I am pleased that after a great deal of work, this survey is ready for prime-time,” said Katz.  “It is the natural next step following the conclusion of the 4Business listening sessions.  I look forward to having many responses to guide us as we begin to identify the best ways to implement the necessary programmatic and legislative strategies to encourage businesses to locate, expand, and thrive in Montgomery County.”

Once the survey closes, Elrich and Katz will hold two 4Business charrettes in the fall to discuss the results of the survey, input collected during the listening sessions and feedback submitted through the 4Business website.  

Business owners and residents can find the 4Business Climate Survey by visiting the County’s 4Business website.  The survey will be available on the County’s website from now thru Sept. 30

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Release ID: 19-256
Media Contact: Sonya Burke 240-777-6531