The Business Retention and Expansion Program (BREP) is an economic development tool developed to provide communities with a better understanding of the needs of local businesses and help set priorities for projects to address those needs. First administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in 1985, the BREP program has evolved over time to become a business-friendly and action-oriented economic development tool.The program enables municipal leaders, partners, and staff to develop proactive short and long term goals for economic development to increase competitiveness, enable business development, investment, and job creation, and foster an environment for future growth. The BREP program involves four stages: initial preparation, collection and analysis of data, development of goals and action plans, and the implementation of the actions along with monitoring and tracking of results.
The Business Retention and Expansion Program (BREP) project took the pulse of businesses in Milledgeville-Baldwin County in 2013. The project received feedback from 84 businesses in the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County through personal interview surveys. The project was undertaken again in 2016 using the same survey instrument. This report provides information on the background, key themes, results and recommendations based on the results of the 2016 survey, including comparisons and contrasts with the survey report from the 2013 data collected.