Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs officials hope most of the 3,500 Routt County residents who were mailed a survey last week will complete and return it promptly. The survey is part of an economic development study for the city and will help consultants analyze the retail and shopping patterns of local residents.
Assistant City Manager Wendy DuBord said the overall study is "in response to the fact that for many years the city has been funding economic development without a lot of information on what effective economic development might be."
Denver-based Economic and Planning Systems and Boulder-based RRC Associates are conducting the study at a cost of $68,101. In addition to surveying local residents, the study will assess current economic and market conditions in Steamboat, document retail trends, evaluate local recreation, tourism and second-home purchases and create an Economic Development Action Plan.
DuBord said the city hopes to have the study completed by November. She said the survey component of the study is an important one.
"The more responses we have, the more we'll be able to determine," DuBord said.
In its bid for the study, EPS cited several emerging trends in Steamboat and Routt County. About 10 percent of households in the county are engaged in location-neutral businesses, EPS said, adding that the "emerging type of business is anticipated to grow and play a larger part in the local economy."
EPS also noted that city staff expect about 2.5 million square feet of new development in Steamboat Springs during the next several years, fueled by sales tax revenues that have increased about 6 percent annually for the past 10 years.
Those who receive surveys and return them with their name and address will be eligible for a drawing for one of five $50 grocery gift cards. All survey information will be kept confidential and used only for statistical analysis. For more information, call DuBord at 871-8219, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.