In August 2021, Iredell EDC launched the Business Pulse Survey to help our community understand their viewpoints on the local business climate as well as identifying the specific needs of businesses. 2021 Business Pulse Survey Results

Key takeaways for the survey include:

  • The outlook for Iredell County businesses is strong: 60% of businesses anticipate employment and sales growth over the next year.
  • Public safety (police, fire, and EMS) received excellent marks for satisfaction (86%) by businesses.
  • The County received high marks for Quality of Life (88%) and overall Business Climate (77%).
  • Nearly a third of businesses anticipate expanding over the next year
  • The on-going impacts of COVID remain a concern of businesses across the county.
  • The impact of COVID may be reflected in the concerns about disruption to supply chains, inflation, and the difficulty of acquiring and retaining employees.

The Business Pulse survey, combined with industry interviews throughout the year, provide Iredell EDC with insights on the needs of local businesses and perceptions of our community. Iredell EDC will continue to gather information about the business community to tell our story, dive deeper into industry needs, and work with partners to respond to those needs.

The Survey results were shared at Iredell EDC’s first Industry Leaders event in partnership with Mitchell Community College to celebrate National Manufacturing Day.  The program featured keynote speaker Ray Pittard, Executive Vice President for Supply Chain, Engineering, and Information Technologies, with Trane Technologies.

Watch the webinar here.

To learn more about Iredell EDC’s Business Assistance Program, click here or Download our Business Resource Guide.