We understand that a vital role of Oklahoma governments is to position their communities to be as attractive as they can be to new businesses. Many of the challenges local governments encounter are similar to those faced by private enterprises, but local governments also have hurdles that are uniquely theirs to jump.
- Unfunded state and federal mandates translate into increased demands on municipal budgets, while revenues remain virtually the same.
- Oklahoma’s local governments depend heavily upon sales tax revenues – a source of funding that is constantly being eroded by new exemptions.
- The services municipal governments provide are those upon which citizens depend for their most basic health, safety and quality-of-life needs.
Local leaders are called upon to maintain vital community services while looking to the future, seeking out ways to attract new businesses and help established businesses grow. Governments are businesses. They have the same concerns about their customers – their constituents – their employees, the budget and public image as any other business.
From fixing potholes on Main Street to establishing a full-scale downtown beautification program, the opportunities for public works projects too often exceed the funds that could make them happen. Local leaders have two choices when it comes to prioritizing public projects: they can let the city or town council determine what’s best for the community, or they can ask the people of the community what projects they would most like to see accomplished. It’s easy to guess which method results in the highest likelihood of a successful bond issue.
When local leaders wish to ask the residents of their community how they feel about an issue or proposal, SoonerPoll can take those questions far beyond the city council meeting and the local community access channel. Using a likely voter model developed by SoonerPoll, our researchers can conduct a statistically valid public opinion poll that will get the answers you need from the people who matter most in your community – the “end users” of the public safety, utility and quality-of-life services your municipality provides.
Local Oklahoma governments, chambers of commerce and economic development authorities are positioned to be a driving force behind the growth that will carry our state into the 21st century. Never before has there been such coordinated support from the legislature and state agencies to expand the operations of companies doing business in our state.
What makes a community competitive?
School systems, shopping, safety, cost of living, entertainment – what aspects of a community’s quality of life become deciding factors when a company determines where to establish or relocate? SoonerPoll can provide proven tools to help you determine which aspects of your community hold the greatest appeal to the decision-makers at companies that are shopping for a new home.
What can you do to help established businesses grow?
SoonerPoll can help local governments, chambers of commerce and economic development authorities determine how they can best provide resources to facilitate growth in local businesses.
Why Oklahoma civic leaders trust SoonerPoll.
Our mission is simple: to provide the very best public opinion polling for the state of Oklahoma. We developed our own cutting-edge statistical method for conducting research – its effectiveness is proven again with every project we complete. We handle every facet of every project we conduct, unlike our competitors, who may outsource some of the most sensitive aspects of a project to out-of-state call centers.
But perhaps the most important reason SoonerPoll is Oklahoma’s most trusted researcher is simply this: we’re the only researcher whose focus is exclusively Oklahomans. We know your audience, we know how to reach it, and we know how to deliver the results that will make your project a success.