Improvements and business growth: Survey takes pulse of Kandiyohi County business concerns
3.18.2015: WILLMAR—Kandiyohi County business owners see the local quality of life as one of the county’s greatest assets.
Many of them have achieved quality improvements and business growth this past year, and they outshine both the region and the state in innovation.
Yet they often feel hampered by high taxes and regulatory burdens. They’re encountering workforce shortages. And the quality of life seen as one of Kandiyohi County’s strengths also is viewed as a liability for offering too few choices in shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment.
These findings and more were presented to the community Wednesday with the public release of a countywide business retention survey, conducted last year by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission and the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.