The Newport County Chamber of Commerce’s economic development initiative, Connect Greater Newport released a survey to learn more from local business owners about barriers to growth and success, including broadband and workforce housing issues. The survey was developed based on feedback provided by business leaders through the newly implemented business retention and expansion outreach program.

The program provides proactive support to local businesses to help ensure their success, while learning about the strengths and challenges of doing business in the region. The overarching goal of this initiative is to strengthen the regions economy by reducing limitations affecting business, while making the region more attractive to new opportunities. Survey results will inform the organization’s approach to finding solutions for improvement.

“After interviewing nearly 80 business leaders in varying industries, I found that many reported the same challenges, said Ashley Medeiros, Connect Greater Newport Business Consultant in a prepared statement, “Internet or workforce housing came up in nearly every conversation, so we’re casting a wider net to see if the same rings true for other local business owners.”

WHO: Business owners and leaders who have physical locations, including freelance workers, in Newport and Bristol Counties are invited and encouraged to participate.

WHAT: Greater Newport Housing and Broadband Survey 

WHEN: now through January 25, 2019

All survey participants will be entered to win tickets to tour the Newport Mansions & International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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