The survey phase of the Opportunités Prescott and Russell Opportunities (OPRO) project is now complete, with the eight municipalities of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) having collectively surveyed 562 business owners over a one-year period.
According to data provided by municipalities, an additional 74 requests for information or support were also processed during this same survey period. In addition, 38 businesses received emergency support from the project team or the business support network, which consisted of 13 resource organizations. The data collected from the surveyed businesses by the 25 surveyors was compiled anonymously in a computer system and will be analyzed over the next two months.
“This analysis will produce concrete reports and action plans that will enable municipalities and the region to better meet the needs of businesses and industries and ensure their retention and expansion,” noted François St-Amour, Warden of the UCPR Council.
The anonymous data analysis process and the development of the action plans will be done individually in each of the municipalities by both economic development officials and members of the business community, in order to ensure that recommendations are tailored to the local realities. Reports and action plans will then be published and distributed to participating companies and the public.
The OPRO project team would like to thank the business owners for taking part in the survey and for being generous with the time provided to the surveyors to share their information and opinions about the business climate of Prescott and Russell.
“It is thanks to the involvement of the business community that our local economy will be able to grow, and this project will allow us to do so while taking the pulse of the companies in our area,” explained Carole Lavigne, Economic Development and Tourism Director for the UCPR.
For more information on the OPRO project, please visit www.opro.ca.