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Gazette Premium Content Annual survey on Colorado Springs business climate gets high-tech boost

By Ned Hunter Published: July 11, 2013

Data collected this month from up to 100 Springs companies will be used to help create jobs, improve higher- and technical-education classes and recruit companies.

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance has nearly finished its annual business survey, which asks local companies, corporations and non-profits what's wrong with the Springs economy and business environment.

This year, the RBA used a computer software program called Osprey to try to reach more companies than in previous years, said John Wilson, vice president, business development. The software made it possible for the organization to connect with 100 companies in a shorter period of time. In previous years, members of the alliance would go company-to-company and perform the surveys in-person. The alliance still performed some in-person interviews this year, but the software allows them to reach a larger audience.

"(Osprey) allows us to capture more data about the economy from a greater number of companies," Wilson said.

The alliance sent out the survey on June 28, and Wilson said he expects the results to be ready by Aug. 10, unless an insufficient number of companies respond.

"If we do not get a whole lot of responses, there will not be a great deal of validity to the survey," Wilson said, "and if we do not get the results we need, then we will have to go and do it manually,"

This is the fourth year the alliance has conducted the survey. Wilson said changes in workforce development and regulations are being made because of data collected in past surveys.

Osprey is part of a synchronous computer program purchased by the alliance, Wilson said. He did not know the cost of the program.

"The synchronous program allows us to figure the strengths and weaknesses of our economy, and compare them to other economies, and see how we are doing," Wilson said.

Once the results are collected, Wilson said his organization can then present the data to state and local lawmakers, universities, colleges and trade schools and other to help correct any economic deficiencies.

"This will give us some real data to use, instead of us just putting our finger to the wind," Wilson said.

The majority of companies that received the survey, about 70 percent, were in the internet technology sector.

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Contact Ned Hunter: 636-0275

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