May 13, 2020

MadREP & Regional Partners Relaunch Statewide COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

The organizations, with support from UW-Oshkosh, are distributing the survey to businesses in their communities through Saturday, May 16, 2020.

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) continues its partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC),Wisconsin’s eight other regional economic development organizations (EDOs) and UW-Oshkosh to create and distribute a data collection tool to businesses in the Region who are experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second observation period of a statewide survey, measuring the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin businesses, is underway. The survey is open – for both past participants and new participants – until May 16.

Those businesses who took part in the initial observation period should go to http://uwo.sh/covid-19-econ-may to share their current situation. Interested businesses who previously did not participate are encouraged to do so at http://uwosh.edu/ccrs/covid-19-survey .

According to MadREP President Paul Jadin, the results of the survey will inform the state and federal response to pandemic. “Participation by all types of Wisconsin businesses is vital to ensuring our future efforts offer the most appropriate support. The surveys have also been translated to engage our state’s Spanish-speaking and Hmong populations.”

Survey results from businesses responding to the initial sampling period (April 1-10, 2020) showed that 8,795 jobs were lost and that 35 percent of Wisconsin businesses said they may be forced to close if current conditions persisted for more than three months. The findings were based upon responses from 2,538 businesses statewide. The results are available at https://uwosh.edu/ccrs/covid-19-survey/ .

For Further Information:

Jessica Reilly
jreilly@madisonregion.org

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