GRAVENHURST, ON – The municipality is looking for ideas to support local businesses and it needs the public’s help.

The Town of Gravenhurst has launched its fifth Annual Business Review Survey with an aim at setting priorities and creating projects to help grow the community.

Gravenhurst Mayor Paul Kelly said in a press release that the town is constantly looking for ways to support the needs of local businesses.

“Many of our economic initiatives were created as a result of this survey as it provides business owners the opportunity to provide valued input and connect with our staff to celebrate successes and work on solutions to the challenges they may be facing,” Kelly said.

The program started in 2015 and has helped the municipality realize challenges for local businesses like access, attraction and retention.

Past surveys have helped the Economic Development team create programs to assist in settlement services, finding employee housing, employing trailing spouses and community integration.

Jeff Loney, the manager of economic development, said this year’s program has been an important tool to build and maintain relationships with our business owners. He added communication and partnerships are key to building a healthy and vibrant community.

“It will also be very interesting to see a detailed snapshot of the last five years,” Loney said in the release. “We’ve seen so many positive changes and business growth in that time.”

The survey is available on the town’s website. The deadline for submissions is December 31st.

The final report will be released during the first quarter fo 2020 and previous results can be found in the Gravenhurst municipal website as well.