State surveying residents, companies, on business climate

The Sussex County Economic Development Office is encouraging all Sussex County residents and businesses to participate in a survey regarding perceptions and concerns about the overall business climate in the state.

According to the county, the survey is part of the Economic Development Strategy Project undertaken by the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), and is seeking answers to “what needs to be done to strengthen and position of [the business climate] for future growth.”

They said that the information obtained from the survey will provide a broad range of public input to help guide the development of the strategy.

Surveys are available online, with separate ones for residents and business owners, and should take approximately five to 10 minutes to complete.

Examples of survey topics for residents include the strengths and weakness of Delaware concerning arts and culture, high-paying job options, public transportation, recreation, racial relations and educational facilities.

Business-centered questions ask about two-year and five-year plans concerning hiring and growth, and reasons Delaware was the state of choice to conduct business in.

All information is kept confidential, and there is a limit of one survey per computer.

The survey can be found online at

“Your participation in this project is vital to its success. Your assistance can help improve the economic future and overall quality of life in Sussex County and throughout Delaware,” according to the county Web site.

The survey is open until Aug. 27, and the results will be posted on the project Web site, at, in mid-September.

For more information, contact Sussex County Economic Development Director Julie Wheatley at (302) 855-7793 or Jeff Stone from DEDO at (302) 672-6849.