Survey Says we are Happy in Halifax
March 24, 2010 - Halifax, NS – On Tuesday the city released the findings of its first Citizen Survey. The city committed to conducting a citizen satisfaction survey as part of the Economic Strategy. “Through the Annual Economic Scorecard, the Chamber tracks whether or not the city follows through on its promises. After four years, they have come through on this one.”
The findings of the survey are not surprising to the Chamber, as issues that are important to the individual citizens of Halifax, are the same issues that are important to businesses. “The Chamber couldn’t agree more with the survey’s finding that transportation will be a top issue facing Halifax over the next five years” says Payn. “Transportation, taxation and crime are key priorities for citizens and businesses.”
“The results of this survey will help Council prioritize,” continues Payn. “Considering that the City is facing a shortfall this year of $30 million, it is more important than ever that Council know what is top of mind for the citizens of Halifax.”
The Chamber is encouraging the city to use the survey to the greatest extent possible. The survey found that only 24 per cent of respondents are satisfied with efforts to attract business and even fewer respondents, 19 per cent, are satisfied with efforts to attract young professionals.
“Research is telling us that young professionals are choosing where to live first. Then they think about where to work,” says Payn. “The fact that 81 per cent of respondents say Halifax is a good or very good place to live is something we can be proud of and should be used to communicate to the world that Halifax is a great place to live, work and do business.”
For more information contact:
Halifax Chamber of Commerce