Saturday, June 08, 2013

Taney County to Use "Secret Shopper" to Evaluate Preparedness

By Kris Collins

The Taney County Business Development Partnership is taking another step to make the Tri-Lakes Area more attractive to new businesses.

The Partnership, in collaboration with the Missouri Partnership and Springfield Regional Economic Partnership, soon will learn the pros and cons the Tri-Lakes Area offers for business developers through a mock test. The three have employed InSite Consulting, LLC, to act as a business developer interested in the county, looking at sites.

Garrett Anderson, director of economic development for the city of Branson, said the mock evaluation would provide the county with information on how to better handle site location inquiries in a more timely fashion.

“Ultimately, it helps speed up the process,” Anderson said. “We usually only have a couple of days to respond when inquiries come in. When we’re better prepared, we’re in a better position to give a positive and favorable response where we may be favored. It’s a matter of being prepared.” More here.

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