March 23, 2021 – Huntsville, AL – Huntsville has received high marks for its ability to keep working during the pandemic. Now community and business leaders want to document the regional experience through a survey. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber, and the Mayor’s technology initiatives – GEO Huntsville, Energy Huntsville, Cyber Huntsville and Bio Huntsville – have collaborated with Exemplar City, Inc., to solicit input from area businesses on their response to the pandemic and learn how the regional infrastructure supported their sustainability and resiliency.
With a cover letter from Mayor Battle, the brief survey asks how area businesses have been impacted with respect to a remote working environment, their plans for bringing workers back into offices, and how the area’s infrastructure supported their ability to sustain operations. The survey also asks what the regional government and supporting agencies could have done better.
“We are looking to area business leaders to offer their candid feedback so that we might be better prepared for the next crisis,” said Lucia Cape, senior vice president for economic development at the Chamber.
“The survey will hopefully provide some useful insights on how technology could be utilized more effectively to help our area businesses become more resilient,” said Joe Francica, president of Exemplar City, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on educating local governments on how technology can be used effectively.
The survey will be open through April 15, and the findings will be released by May 15. A virtual event will be held to inform the broader community and to solicit additional feedback from area businesses.
About the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber
The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber is the catalyst for business growth, community engagement, and action to drive economic vitality and advance our position as a global leader in technology and innovation. Our mission is to prepare, develop, and promote our community for economic growth.
About the Technology Initiatives
GEO Huntsville, Energy Huntsville, Cyber Huntsville and Bio Huntsville are collaborative efforts among businesses, academic and government entities in the Huntsville region to support workforce growth and economic development. Each is supported by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.
About Exemplar City, Inc.
Exemplar City, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Huntsville, AL. The objective is to develop best practices that municipal governments can follow when faced with a wide variety of challenges such as responding to a local emergency or crisis, mitigating economic impacts, facing overwhelming infrastructure demands, or dealing with workforce skill and capacity issues.
For more information, please contact:
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber
Exemplar City, Inc.