In a time of great uncertainty, as we are experiencing in the Seattle area with the still-developing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the best way to advance is to shine a light down the path, allowing us to keep our feet on solid ground as we move forward.
That’s precisely what regional economic development group Greater Seattle Partners is working to accomplish with a new survey it is currently conducting in coordination with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Seattle Office of Economic Development. Those organizations are trying to maximize participation in the survey by businesses and nonprofit groups in Seattle and throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.
“The Seattle Office of Economic Development, Greater Seattle Partners, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce are coordinating a regional effort to assess the economic impacts related to COVID-19,” the survey introduction states. “The information will inform strategies to speed recovery and may lead to emergency relief programs and support.
Individual responses will not be published, of course. But your answers in the aggregate will play a critical part in analyzing and projecting the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak locally and regionally.
“Help your business or organization recover from the economic effects of the corona virus emergency by completing the Economic Impact Survey by Tuesday, March 31,” the survey introduction states. “ If you're a business owner, freelancer, gig worker, performer etc., this survey provides the opportunity for you to reach out for help and get “back to business” as quickly as possible.”
Survey respondents will receive a copy of the final report outlining the economic impacts to the region from the coronavirus crisis. To participate in the survey, go to this link and follow the directions.
“The survey is designed to collect responses from businesses and individuals in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties to identify the extent of the economic impacts, suggest ways to speed recovery, and support requests for state and federal emergency funding,” the survey description states.
In addition to hosting the survey, Greater Seattle Partners has created an online website (here) that will provide ongoing current information for businesses about the economic impact of the coronavirus and related recovery efforts.