External Factors

Within this section, business representatives were asked a series of questions related to their industry and any anticipated changes that could affect the ability to do business in the local community.

Legislative Effects
Respondents were asked if they anticipated any federal, state, or local legislation changes that would adversely affect their business in the next five years. Of the responses, they were near evenly split between yes and no answers, with 40% responding “Yes,” 56% “No,” and 4% “Unsure.” (Figure 23)
Legislative Changes Response Image
Figure 23: Legislative Changes Affecting Business Expected within 5 Years
Legislation Concerns
Of those indicating concern about legislation changes having negative business impact, top concerns cited were industry regulation, employee wages, and employee insurance/benefits. (Figure 24)
Source of Negative Impact Chart
Figure 24: External Negative Impact on Business