Bates County Economic Development Office’s Business Retention & Expansion Survey–please print, fill out and mail back to us at: 13 W Dakota, PO BOX 486, Butler, MO 64730 or give us a call at: 660-227-3506


Bates County Economic Development Office Business Health Assessment for Retention and Expansion Survey





This section will provide BCED with basic demographic information about your company as well as the person you would like to serve as the primary point of contact should you choose to receive further assistance.



  1. Main Point of Contact for BRE Purposes







Address 2






ZIP/Postal Code Email Address Phone Number

  1. Please provide the name and email of anyone else in your company you would like to make a point of



This section will help BCED keep a pulse on the workforce needs of the region.

  1. How many employees do you have locally in Bates and surrounding Counties?

Total number of employees in Bates (or surrounding) County (Please indicate the county and # of employees).


How many are full time?


How many are part time?


How many are temporary or contract employees?

  1. What is the total number of employees worldwide for your company including Bates and surrounding Counties?


This data will help BCED determine the types of industry that are present in our region.

  1. Please provide your company’s six digit NAICS You can look up your NAICS code here.


*6. Which of the following best describes the primary industry of your organization?






Other (please specify)

  1. Is your organization public or private?







  1. Please provide a brief description of your company and the services or products its Think of this as your elevator pitch.
  2. Which functions are performed at your Bates County or surrounding location?



  1. Please list any other locations where your company has a physicial Please include City, State and Country if outside the United States as well as the function performed at the location. (Corporate Headquarters, Manufacturing, Research and Development, Back Office, Warehousing, Distribution, etc.)







Function performed


Not Applicable

  1. Do any other locations perform similar functions as your Bates or surrounding County location? If so please provide the City, State and Country if outside the United






Not Applicable




  1. In which market do you currently do the most business?

Local Regional National Worldwide

  1. If worldwide, please list the top three countries where you do the most business.




  1. Which market are you targeting for growth?

Local Regional National Worldwide

  1. If worldwide, which three countries are your main target?





  1. Do you currently export, import, both or none?

Export only Import only Export and Import






  1. If you currently export, have exports increased, decreased, or remained the same over the past year?

Increased Decreased Same

Not Applicable

  1. Who are your top 3 competitors?





  1. What was your company’s sales volume for the past calendar year?


  1. What is your projected annual sales growth for the next calendar year?



1% to 9%


10% to 24%


25% to 49%




Greater than 100%


  1. What is the current square footage of your facility?





Other (Please Specify)


Research and Development





  1. How would you rate the current condition of your facility?

Poor Fair Good


  1. Does the current condition of your facility meet your needs for the next year?





  1. Is your facility owned or leased?
Expansion Plans

Owned Leased


  1. Do you plan to expand in the next three years?

Yes No



  1. Who is the landlord?


  1. On what date does your lease expire?


  1. Do you plan to renew your lease?
Expansion Needs

Yes No


  1. Is there room for expansion at your current site?





  1. Do you hold right of first refusal on any additional space at your facility?

Right on the full space? Right on partial space?

No right, and must utilize existing space.

  1. What is your desired square footage?











Research and Development

  1. What will be your total projected investment in expansion?


  1. How many employees will you add as a part of your expansion?


  1. When is the expected completion date of your expansion?

Under 1 year



1-3 years



Over 3 years


  1. How would you rate the following business factors in the Greater Bates County region?

Excellent                                                                 Good                                                                                    Fair


Passenger Air Service                              Passenger Air Service Excellent                     Passenger Air Service Good                                                                          Passenger Air Service Fair                               Passe



Freight Air Service                                    Freight Air Service Excellent                          Freight Air Service Good                                                                          Freight Air Service Fair                                     Freig



Appropriate Space Availability            Appropriate Space

Appropriate Space

Appropriate Space



Availability Excellent

Availability Good

Availability Fair





Business Environment                            Business Environment Excellent                   Business Environment Good                                                                          Business Environment Fair                             Busin



Cost of Living                                               Cost of Living Excellent                                     Cost of Living Good                                      Cost of Living Fair                                               Cost o



Financing                                                        Financing Excellent                                            Financing Good                                                                          Financing Fair                                                       Finan


Legislation (federal)                                 Legislation (federal) Excellent                       Legislation (federal) Good                                                                          Legislation (federal) Fair                                  Legisl



Legislation (state)                                     Legislation (state) Excellent                            Legislation (state) Good                                                                          Legislation (state) Fair                                      Legisl


Legislation (local)                                      Legislation (local) Excellent                            Legislation (local) Good                                                                          Legislation (local) Fair                                       Legisl



Local Customer Base                                Local Customer Base Excellent                      Local Customer Base Good                       Local Customer Base Fair                                  Local



Permitting Process                                    Permitting Process Excellent                          Permitting Process Good                                                                          Permitting Process Fair                                    Perm Quality of Place                                                                          Quality of Place Excellent                                 Quality of Place Good                                                                          Quality of Place Fair                                            Quali

Roads                                                              Roads Excellent                                                    Roads Good                                                                          Roads Fair                                                              Road






Talent/Acquisition/Availability Excellent Talent/Acquisition/Availability Good Talent/Acquisition/Availability Fair Talent/Ac




Traffic                                                             Traffic Excellent                                                   Traffic Good                                                                          Traffic Fair                                                              Traffi



Utility Availability (internet/telecom/fiber)

Utility Availability (internet/telecom/fiber) Excellent

Utility Availability (internet/telecom/fiber) Good

Utility Availability (internet/telecom/fiber) Fair

Utility (internet/



Utility Availability (power)                    Utility Availability (power) Excellent          Utility Availability (power) Good          Utility Availability (power) Fair                        Utility




Utility Availability (water)                     Utility Availability (water) Excellent           Utility Availability (water) Good           Utility Availability (water) Fair                         Utility




Utility Cost

Utility Cost

Utility Cost

Utility Cost




(internet/telecom/fiber) Excellent

(internet/telecom/fiber) Good

(internet/telecom/fiber) Fair





Utility Cost (power)                                  Utility Cost (power) Excellent                         Utility Cost (power) Good                         Utility Cost (power) Fair                                       Utility



Utility Cost (water)                                   Utility Cost (water) Excellent                          Utility Cost (water) Good                          Utility Cost (water) Fair                                        Utility




Zoning/Development Services             Zoning/Development

Services Excellent

Zoning/Development Services Good

Zoning/Develoment Services Fair

Zonin Services P



Other (please specify)

  1. Would you like to involve your company in addressing these business issues in the Greater Bates County region?





  1. If yes, who in your company should be the point of contact?


  1. Rate the workforce in the Greater Bates County Region?



Excellent                                         Good                                          Fair                                         Poor                                                            Very Poor



Stability of workforce (Are you able to keep employees you hire?)


Stability of workforce (Are you able to keep employees you

hire?) Excellent


Stability of workforce (Are you able to keep employees you hire?) Good


Stability of workforce (Are you able to keep employees you hire?) Fair


Stability of workforce (Are you able to keep employees you hire?) Poor


Stability of workforce (Are you able to keep employees you hire?) Very Poor




  1. How many positions are you planning to fill in the next year?


  1. Are you currently experiencing recruitment problems?

Yes No



  1. What is the title of the position you are in the most need of filling?


  1. What is the desired level of education for the majority of your potential employees? Click all that apply.

High School/Equivalency Vocational Certificate Associates


Bachelors STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Bachelors Non STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Masters


Doctoral Professional Degree

Other (please specify)



  1. What is the desired level of experience for your potential employees?

0-2 years



2-5 years



5-10 years



Over 10 years



  1. Are there any areas of training that would be beneficial to your employees? For example soft skills, accounting, welding, or


  1. Are there any industry trends (current or upcoming) that might lead you to seek training opportunities for your team? For example, a push towards automation or the increasing need for data analysis.





  1. Are you open to receiving information on interns?





  1. If yes, who should be the point of contact for this information? Provide name and
  2. To the best of your ability please gauge the risk level for the following:

None                                         Low                                          Moderate                                           High



The closing of your facility in the Greater Bates County region


The closing of your facility in the Greater Bates County region None


The closing of your facility in the Greater Bates County region Low


The closing of your facility in the Greater Bates County region Moderate


The closing of your facility in the Greater Bates County region High



None                                         Low                                          Moderate                                           High


  1. Has there been a management change in the past two years?

Yes No



  1. Who are your top three suppliers? Please include business name and





  1. Who are your top three customers?





  1. Among the companies you do business with, suppliers or customers, are there any you think would benefit by moving to the Greater Bates County region?



  1. Would you be able to increase your import/export portion of your business with the addition of rail service? Yes ____

No ____

Does Not Apply ______

  1. What are your current electric, water and sewer/trash rates? Would you be interested in an energy audit and any tax credit or incentive information that the BCED could provide?

Electric rate __________


Water rate Sewer rate Trash rate





Internet/Fiber/Cable rate and your speed Telephone rate ________________





  1. Here’s your opportunity to have your Pretend this is an open letter to your local elected official. Please share any experience you have had, good and/or bad. Are there any rules you would like to see changed? Is there, perhaps a program you have heard about in another area you would like to see here in our region? What are your major concerns?

Municipal Fiber–3 examples


In June of 2015, Heather Kerrigan shared the following:


Over the course of 10 years, Seattle has studied the possibility of creating a municipal-run broadband network seven times, most recently this year. Although it was determined in June that the cost would be lower than expected (somewhere in the range of $463 million to $630 million), city officials again rejected the idea, citing barriers including the need to get 43% of residents to subscribe at $75 per month to break even, something that Comcast or CenturyLink, the two current Internet providers in the city, could easily undercut.

Not every U.S. resident is forced into using a private sector company for Internet service. According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, there are more than 450 communities across the country running broadband networks as public utilities (of course, there are also 19 states that have barriers in place to discourage or prevent the establishment of such networks).

The Obama administration has pushed for more equitable access to the Internet through municipal-owned broadband. In January, the president announced a set of grants aimed at funding networks in underserved areas, and he also encouraged the FCC to address the state laws that are preventing these networks from being established.

Among the 450+ municipal broadband systems, there are a number of success stories that interested cities could lean on. These include lowering Internet costs for residents, encouraging economic development, and improving overall telecom services. Success has not come without debate over cost, necessity, and impact, and there are also examples of broadband networks that are operating in deep debt that haven’t realized their anticipated impact.

Here, we highlight a few of the cities that are making broadband work for them.

Chattanooga, Tennessee was the first major city to offer residents access to what is known as a “gig,” the fastest residential Internet connection available. There, municipal broadband service began because of a desire to upgrade the city’s electric grid to a state-of-the-art fiber optics system. During the planning process, it was determined that such a system could be used to deliver Internet and telephone services. Despite attempts by private ISP to discourage its establishment, city officials and residents strongly supported developing a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network that would reach everyone in the community, even at a cost of more than $300 million. Thanks to federal stimulus funding, $111 million of the total cost came from federal grants. Once the broadband network was in place, the city did not undercut the current Internet providers. Instead, it has completed with its ultra-fast speed. The municipal network has around a 40% market share, even though its rates are higher than those offered by the private sector companies operating in Chattanooga. The gig offering has helped to attract new business to a city that used to rely heavily on manufacturing.

Rural Bristol, Virginia was another early adopter of a FTTH network. Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU) launched OptiNet in 2003, and service was first connected to schools and businesses, before being expanded into residential areas. Today, OptiNet has been cited as the reason many businesses remain in Bristol. Over its first five years of existence, it is estimated that the network resulted in $10 million in savings for Bristol’s government and its residents, and brought in millions in increased economic development. Further, the network’s prices have remained stable, it operates in the black, and new services are consistently being offered to subscribers. To encourage economic development outside of its borders, the network is offered to surrounding regions in southwestern Virginia.

Cedar Falls, Iowa began offering municipal Internet service citywide via an Ethernet network back in 1997. In 2013, the city began offering ultra-fast gig service, to the tune of $265 per month per residential subscriber (the cheapest package runs around $30 per month). The public utility offering the service believes residents pay approximately $200 less per year by getting Internet service through them instead of a major private sector company. The city also believes that it has managed to increase the number of jobs available and attract additional investment through new business opportunities made possible by its gig network.

Rural Broadband–A necessity in today’s world

Rural Broadband is a hot topic and many municipalities and counties are joining together across the Nation to provide such services.  Here are some great examples:

When a community invests in a municipal broadband network, it often does so because it hopes to reap economic benefits from the network. Many people and organizations have explored the positive relationship between municipal Internet networks and economic development, including a White House report published in January 2015. Municipal networks create jobs by ensuring businesses have fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access; the old DSL and cable networks just don’t cut it. These networks improve the productivity of existing businesses and attract new businesses to communities, allow individuals to work from home more effectively, support advanced healthcare and security systems, strengthen local housing markets, and represent long term social investments in the form of better-connected schools and libraries. They also create millions of dollars in savings that can be reinvested into local economies.

“Upgrading to higher speed broadband lets consumers use the Internet in new ways, increases the productivity of American individuals and businesses, and drives innovation throughout the digital ecosystem.” – Executive Office of President Obama

When municipalities choose to deploy fiber networks, they introduce Internet services into the community that are not only significantly faster than DSL and cable, but more reliable. With more reliable fiber connections, businesses and individuals are far less likely to experience temporary blackouts that can halt productivity in vexing and expensive ways. And because these networks are locally-owned and operated, business owners do not have to spend hours on the phone with an absentee Internet Service Provider like AT&T in the (albeit unlikely) event of a problem.

We at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance have catalogued numerous examples of economic development achievements that have occurred as a result of local governments deploying a municipal broadband network. Below, you can find a wide range of articles, studies, anecdotes, and other resources that speak to the economic successes enabled by municipal networks, organized by topic:

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Municipal networks create jobs:

Morristown FiberNET

Look no further than Morristown, Tennessee, for an example of job creation thanks to municipal fiber. The city took advantage of its local electrical utility, Morristown Utility Systems, to provide gigabit speeds, and businesses jumped at the opportunity. In 2013, Oddello Industries, a furniture manufacturer, brought 228 jobs to the community after investing in a $4.4 million site expansion in Morristown. More recently, a call center looking to relocate to the city was wowed by the municipal utility’s offer to install fiber for free because the city valued the future economic benefits the call center would bring to Morristown over the cost of the fiber installation. 

  • Our economic development fact sheet outlines several of the job creation opportunities that have resulted from municipal networks.
  • In 2012, Spirit Aerosystems opened up a new manufacturing facility in Chanute, Kansas, creating 150 jobs that require high quality broadband Internet.
  • In Lebanon, Virginia, defense contractor Northrup Grumman and IT consultant CGI announced the creation of 700 jobs paying twice the median wage.
  • HomeServe, a home repair company, expanded its call center to 140 employees because of Chattanooga, Tennessee’s robust municipal broadband infrastructure; in Chattanooga, HomeServe employees could get faster residential service than executives had in the company’s Miami headquarters.
  • In 2015, Hardide Coatings, a surface coating manufacturer located in Henry County, Virginia, that relies on the municipal broadband provider MiNet, added 29 high-paying jobs to the local economy.

“You can’t grow jobs with slow Internet.” – Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore


Municipal networks attract new businesses:

Mount Vernon Logo

The city of Mount Vernon, Washington has two things in common with our country’s first president, but unlike George, it boasts an impressive municipal broadband network that has attracted high-tech businesses. For example, a digital legal firm, Blank Law, relocated from Seattle to Mount Vernon in order to take advantage of faster speeds offered by the city’s municipal broadband network. While high-speed Internet was not the only reason Blank Law cited for choosing Mount Vernon over other towns (other reasons include quality of life and free parking), it played a significant role. Fiber is rarely the sole reason for a relocation, but it can often be a deciding factor.

“It’s almost a feeling of disbelief when we tell companies today we can provide a gig to your business and to your house…These companies want to go where they can see the gig service.” – Marshall Ramsey, President of the Morristown, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce


Municipal networks serve existing businesses and keep critical jobs in town:

WindomNet Logo

The small Minnesota town of Windom nearly entered crisis mode when Fortune Trucking, a local company that employed 47 people in a town of 4,600, announced that slow Internet speeds might force it to leave town. Although the company’s headquarters were located a mile outside of the Windom’s jurisdiction, community members successfully lobbied to bring municipal fiber to Fortune, saving those jobs and stabilizing the local economy. 

“Municipal broadband can be a powerful lever against the digital divide that condemns people to the isolation and reduced economic opportunities experienced by many of our low-income, disabled, and people of color community members” – Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Councilmember

  • In this Podcast, Chris speaks with Curtis Dean of Iowa Municipal Utilities about the prevalence of municipal networks in that state, focusing in on economic development results starting at 11:10. Dean highlights Hansen’s Clothing, a high-end men’s clothing manufacturer in Spencer, Iowa that expanded its online business exponentially when it connected to the municipal broadband network.


Working from home

Photo courtesy of Rob Alinder through Flickr Creative Commons 

Municipal networks support home-based productivity:


Danville Utilities Logo

Municipal networks advance healthcare, education, and research:


Teachers are encouraged to connect with the Missouri Department of Conservation!

Teachers can connect with conservation through FREE MDC teacher portal

Gain easy access to conservation education ideas, Discover Nature Schools-classroom materials, and grant opportunities. 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages teachers to get connected with conservation-education by using its new Discover Nature Schools (DNS) teacher portal. MDC created the website portal to provide teachers a technology tool to connect with both teachers and MDC staff on conservation-education ideas, interactive learning activities, and easy access to classroom materials and grant opportunities.

The new portal is available to Missouri teachers who participate or have an interest in MDC’s Discover Nature Schools program. The DNS program began in 2007 and provides instructional materials for teachers and students from pre-K through high school about Missouri’s native plants, animals, and habitats and connects them with nature. It also provides grant funding for classroom supplies and field trips in nature. There are more than 1,600 Missouri schools that take part in the program. Learn more about the DNS program at

“The teacher portal enhances our ability to provide relevant nature-based education materials to teachers in an efficient and convenient manner,” MDC Education Coordinator Steven Juhlin said.  “Additionally, we are also looking forward to using the portal to streamline the grant process for participating schools and teachers. “

MDC’s new DNS teacher portal provides teachers opportunities to:

  • Download free instructional materials,
  • Access grant applications,
  • Request class sets of student books and science notebooks,
  • Order education posters and MDC publications,
  • Register for free teacher workshops, and
  • Post questions and ideas to the educational bulletin board for teacher collaboration.

Teachers can learn more about, access, and use the DNS teacher portal at

EPA Releases Green Infrastructure in Parks

*EPA Releases Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

EPA recently released a document titled Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Playbook for Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement. The playbook is intended to encourage partnerships between park agencies and stormwater agencies and provide a roadmap for creating them. By building strong partnerships, agencies can improve park lands and access to parks, better manage stormwater, increase community resiliency to changing weather patterns, and provide funding to implement and maintain park enhancements that benefit the community.

The guide is designed to provide a stepwise approach for building relationships with potential partners, and includes information on how to identify and engage partners, build relationships, involve the community, leverage funding opportunities, and identify green infrastructure opportunities.