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					          Spartanburg Business Needs and Success Indicators Survey


                       Your Role as a Survey Participant

Invitations to participate in this survey have been sent to approximately 1,000 key
business leaders in Spartanburg.

You have been invited to participate in this survey because you are a senior
executive manager or owner of a Spartanburg business. In this role, you
constantly evaluate things that impact your business. Additionally, you have
important opinions about how well Spartanburg supports established businesses
as well as new businesses.

We thank you for sharing your opinions, and for the important role you and your
organization play in our business community.

Your responses will be combined with responses received from other business
leaders who participate in this survey. The completed report will summarize all
responses. No individual responses or other information will be disclosed.

                     Words or phrases used in this survey

1. The phrase, “your business,” refers to the business you work for, operate, or
own.

2. Except where expressed differently, “SPARTANBURG,” or "SPARTANBURG
COMMUNITY," includes the greater Spartanburg Community: that is BOTH
County AND City.

                             Participant Information

Some information about you and your business will help us analyze the survey
results. For example, we will be able to compare responses from those working
in the leisure and hospitality sector against those representing health care.

Your specific individual data will not be reported. Project consultants from the
Strom Thurmond Institute will be the only ones with access to individual data.

1. To participate, you will need the ACCESS CODE you received in your
   invitation letter. If you have misplaced your ACCESS CODE, contact Don
   Woodward (864) 585-1007 or EMAIL: info@thesda.org.

   Enter your ACCESS CODE here: ________ (Your access code is
   required.)




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2. Prior to joining your current business, what was your personal connection, if
   any, to Spartanburg?

   Check all that apply.

      Relocated to Spartanburg with current or former employer.
      Worked in Spartanburg for another business.
      No previous connection to Spartanburg.
      Born in Spartanburg.
      Went to K-12 school in Spartanburg.
      Attended a higher education institution in Spartanburg.
      Lived in a county near Spartanburg.
      Have family in Spartanburg.
     Have friends who live in Spartanburg.
      Other, please specify


3. How many years have you lived in Spartanburg?

   __________ (If you have not lived OR presently do not live in
   Spartanburg, enter "0.")

4. Where is your Spartanburg business located? (Note: this refers to the
   Spartanburg business that you work for, operate, or own.)

   An answer to this question is required.

      In Spartanburg County but outside the Spartanburg City limits.
      Inside the Spartanburg City limits.
      My Spartanburg business includes facilities located inside and outside the
   City of Spartanburg.




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5. How did your local business get started in the Spartanburg?

      Began in Spartanburg.
      Relocated to Spartanburg (former location closed).
     Expanded to Spartanburg with headquarters in another part of South
   Carolina.
     Expanded to Spartanburg with headquarters in a state other than South
   Carolina.
      Expanded to Spartanburg with headquarters outside the United States.

6. Please indicate the length of time your primary business has been in
   operation in Spartanburg.
   An answer to this question is required.

      One year or less.
      MORE than one year (13 months or more).

7. How many persons are employed in your Spartanburg business? (Please
   use average full-time employment for the 12-months ending June 30,
   2006).

   _______________ (Enter a number greater than "0.")

8. Do your current plans include expanding your Spartanburg business
   facility/facilities? (Expanding refers to adding location(s), staff, or
   equipment.)

   An answer to this question is required.

      Yes - in 0 to 3 years.
      Yes - in more than 3 but less than 5 years.
      Yes - in more than 5 years.
      Unsure
      No
      Do not wish to answer.




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                                Important Business Growth & Development Issues

              9. How IMPORTANT are the following issues to Business Growth and
                 Development in Spartanburg?

                                             A rating for each item is required

                                       Very Important   Important      Undecided   Unimportant   Very Unimportant
Ability to address environmental
issues (air, water, solid waste,
etc.)
Annexation of property by
municipalities
Availability of affordable quality
housing
Availability of cultural programs
and activities
Availability of property/buildings
for business/commercial use
Availability of qualified workers
Availability of quality health care
Availability of quality
office/industrial parks/campuses
Availability of quality recreational
facilities
Availability of quality resources to
support early childhood
development
Availability of safe, reliable, and
affordable transportation
Cleanliness
Collaboration between and among
agencies responsible for economic
development
Cost of living
Crime rate
Educational institutions: higher
education (including technical
education)
Educational institutions: K – 12
Energy costs for businesses
Government support for
businesses
Greenville-Spartanburg
International Airport
Growth management policies
Infrastructure: communication
Infrastructure: energy
Infrastructure: rail
Infrastructure: roads, streets, and
bridges
Infrastructure: water and sewer

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                                    Very Important   Important      Undecided   Unimportant   Very Unimportant
Leadership
Litigation climate
Local resources to support growth
and success of businesses
Number of special purpose tax
districts
Per capita income
Permitting process for businesses
Philanthropy/charitable giving
Proximity to Interstate highways
Proximity to other major cities
and/or attractions in the region
Quality of life
Race relations
Regulatory complexity for
businesses
Regulatory costs for businesses
Roads and streets leading into
Spartanburg County and/or the
City of Spartanburg (e.g.,
Asheville Highway; 585/Pine
Street; W. O. Ezell Boulevard)
Spartanburg as a “College
Community”
Spartanburg as a “safe”
community
Spartanburg Downtown Memorial
Airport
State resources to support growth
and success of businesses
Support to businesses provided by
local colleges and universities
Taxes




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                              Evaluating Business Growth and Development Issues

              10. How do you EVALUATE Spartanburg's current ability to handle the following
                  issues as they relate to Business Growth and Development?

                                            A rating for each item is required

                                       Very Effective   Effective      Undecided   Ineffective   Very Ineffective
Ability to address environmental
issues (air, water, solid waste,
etc.)
Annexation of property by
municipalities
Availability of affordable quality
housing
Availability of cultural programs
and activities
Availability of property/buildings
for business/commercial use
Availability of qualified workers
Availability of quality health care
Availability of quality
office/industrial parks/campuses
Availability of quality recreational
facilities
Availability of quality resources to
support early childhood
development
Availability of safe, reliable, and
affordable transportation
Cleanliness
Collaboration between and among
agencies responsible for economic
development
Cost of living
Crime rate
Educational institutions: higher
education (including technical
education)
Educational institutions: K – 12
Energy costs for businesses
Government support for
businesses
Greenville-Spartanburg
International Airport

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                                      Very Effective   Effective      Undecided   Ineffective   Very Ineffective
Growth management policies
Infrastructure: communication
Infrastructure: energy
Infrastructure: rail
Infrastructure: roads, streets, and
bridges
Infrastructure: water and sewer
Leadership
Litigation climate
Local resources to support growth
and success of businesses
Number of special purpose tax
districts
Per capita income
Permitting process for businesses
Philanthropy/charitable giving
Proximity to Interstate highways
Proximity to other major cities
and/or attractions in the region
Quality of life
Race relations
Regulatory complexity for
businesses
Regulatory costs for businesses
Roads and streets leading into
Spartanburg County and/or the
City of Spartanburg (e.g.,
Asheville Highway; 585/Pine
Street; W. O. Ezell Boulevard)
Spartanburg as a “College
Community”
Spartanburg as a “safe”
community
Spartanburg Downtown Memorial
Airport
State resources to support growth
and success of businesses
Support to businesses provided by
local colleges and universities
Taxes




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                      Additional Item - Spartanburg County

11. Do you wish to add any other issue that you feel is important to the previous
    list concerning Spartanburg County?

   An answer to this question is required.

      Yes
      No (Skip to Question 14)

12. What is the Spartanburg County issue you wish to add? (Enter your
    response in the space provided below.)




13. How would you EVALUATE Spartanburg County's current ability to handle
    your County issue as it relates to Business Growth and Development? *

   An answer to this question is required.

     Very Effective    Effective   Undecided       Ineffective   Very Ineffective




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                      Additional Item - City of Spartanburg

14. Do you wish to add any other issue that you feel is important to the previous
    list concerning the City of Spartanburg?*

   An answer to this question is required.

      Yes
      No (Skip to Question 17)

15. What is the City issue you wish to add? (Enter your response in the space
    provided below.)




16. How would you EVALUATE the City of Spartanburg's current ability to handle
    your City issue as it relates to Business Growth and Development?

   An answer to this question is required.

     Very Effective   Effective    Undecided       Ineffective   Very Ineffective




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                                     What Do You Think About Spartanburg?

              17. How do you evaluate Spartanburg today on each of the following statements?

                                           A rating for each item is required

                                     Very effective    Effective      Neutral   Ineffective   Very ineffective
Spartanburg is improving its
attractiveness to new business.
Spartanburg is ready for business
expansion and new growth.
Local government strives to
remove barriers to efficiency, and
support the needs of the business
community.
Spartanburg has and uses
appropriate resources for
economic development.
Spartanburg has a strategic plan
for economic development.
Knowing and understanding the
needs of existing businesses is a
priority in Spartanburg.
Spartanburg routinely seeks input
from leaders in the business
community.
Spartanburg has excellent
resources to help new businesses.
A vibrant and attractive downtown
Spartanburg is important to my
business.
Growth of the City of Spartanburg
is important to overall economic
development.




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                               Short Descriptions

18. List up to 3 things about the Spartanburg that makes it attractive to
    businesses as compared to other places.




19. List up to 3 things about the Spartanburg that needs to change to make it
    more attractive to businesses.




20. List 3 words or short phrases that you feel BEST describe Spartanburg
    TODAY.




21. List 3 words or short phrases that you WOULD LIKE to see describe
    Spartanburg IN THE FUTURE.




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                                 Your Space

22. Use the space below for any additional comments/questions/suggestions, etc.
    that you wish to make.




  When you are finished, visit http://spartanburgsurvey.org to enter your
           answers directly into the survey online database.



                                 THANK YOU

    Spartanburg Business Needs/Success Indicators Survey
   sponsors, steering committee members, technical advisory
     committee members, and consultants from The Strom
          Thurmond Institute thank you for your input.




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