The purpose of this preparedness index is to help communities analyze strengths and weaknesses before developing a plan to improve economic development opportunities in the community. A PDF version of the Index may be downloaded at: Community Economic Development Preparedness Index PDF. The index can now also be used as an on-line tool using the Qualtrics Survey Tool. Any Extension faculty/staff member can use Qualtrics by using their net i.d. name and password: https://uwex.qualtrics.com/. The CCED can you send you the appropriate survey template to edit for use in your community or you can simply download them using the link in the instructions document below. Please read the CEPI Instructions (Adobe pdf file) prior to downloading the two .qsf files (qualtrics templates):
The index is based on individual perceptions of activities and conditions in the community; over which you may or may not have some level of control. The compiled responses will provide a reflection of your community’s readiness to retain existing businesses and income, attract new businesses, residents, and income, and expand small businesses and income within your community. Qualtrics will make the job of compiling the results for a report much easier.
This index is based in part on the Community Economic Preparedness Index that was jointly produced in the early 1980’s by the Wisconsin Department of Development, Wisconsin State Rural Development Council, and the Center for Community Economic Development, and the University of Wisconsin Extension. It was later modified by Mary Cole Laub of Alliant Energy and Karna Hanna, Executive Director, Sauk County Economic Development Corporation (“Community Economic Development Checklist”). The current version of the CEDPI, was made possible by funding from the Northern EDGE initiative with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.