Lisbon is launching a survey to identify business development opportunities, housing needs and leisure facilities that will benefit the community.
“The results of the market analysis will be relevant to entrepreneurs looking to identify business opportunities, they will be relevant to people who have real estate to build and who are looking for the best use of their property,” said Brett Richardson , economic and development manager of the city. director. “The survey will be informative for those considering moving to Lisbon.”
In September, city council awarded a bid to The Chesapeake Group, an economic analysis and development firm, to conduct market analysis in Lisbon.
The first phase of the analysis is to examine the regional and local markets for future real estate and commercial development opportunities in Lisbon. The second phase is a feasibility analysis of two redevelopment scenarios for the Worumbo plant site.
The survey is conducted online and has 57 questions divided into categories such as related purchases and expenses, demographics, lifestyle, family and organizational events, accommodation and entertainment.
“These categories are all independent in themselves, but they also collectively paint a picture of these opportunities,” said Richardson. “By understanding where people shop, how they eat and what they do for fun, it helps us as a community to prioritize investments to respond to the market in a positive way. “
Last year, the city conducted a survey, where residents were asked to choose from three potential development scenarios for the Worumbo Mill site developed by two private companies. However, some residents criticized the survey because it was completed by 306 out of 10,000 residents.
So far, 400 people have responded to the redesigned survey.
Richardson said the previous survey was specific to the redevelopment of the Worumbo site, but the current survey is somewhat regional to understand the city’s opportunities on a broader level.
Although the survey is specific to Lisbon, residents of Durham, Sabattus, Auburn, Brunswick, Topsham and Lewiston are also encouraged to participate.
Consumption habits occur regionally and Lisbon businesses cannot survive only with Lisbon customers. Likewise, Lewiston businesses cannot survive solely on Lewiston customers, Richardson said.
“People travel all over the region to get what they need in a practical way, so looking at the region helps us be more specific in terms of how we can anticipate the opportunities in Lisbon,” said Richardson. “Encouraging people who may not live in Lisbon, but who pass through Lisbon – what they buy, where they buy and what they need, helps us understand regional needs.”
City library manager Diane Nadeau said the library is ready to help people access the survey at the library who do not have internet at home. However, no one specifically came to the library to take the poll, Nadeau said.
The survey is open to residents until the end of October and the survey results will be made available to the public by December.
The survey is available at www.worumbo.org.
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