Our High River and the Town of High River is looking to gather important information on local businesses and the economy.

A new Vital Signs Survey launches June19 and you can fill it out online or pick up hard copies at the Town Office, The Rec-Plex or the FCSS office.

Kalie Mosig, research and content lead, says the survey is very different this year, from last year.

"What this is called this year is a vital focus," said Mosig. "We are really narrowing down on the economy and business, so that we can get a really deep and rich understanding about how our citizens and business owners feel about those aspects of our community."

This survey idea and questions came from stakeholders in the community, like the Chamber of Commerce and  Economic Development through the Town of High River.

"It was coming out of the community as something that we needed to investigate a little bit further."

There is a second section of the survey where the business owners and agency operators can give feedback about what it is like to run a business.

"One of the things we were asked to look at is what businesses need."

Things like do they need business training support, is there something citizens should know about why businesses operate the way they do.

"By participating in the survey residents are able to have their voices heard and are providing valuable information that will be used by a range of groups and agencies to make positive changes in our community," said Mosig.

The deadline to fill it in is July 7 and the survey will help make sure businesses and citizens are on the same page.

For residents filling out the survey, if they add their phone number or email, they can win one of 10 gift certificates worth $50 to any local business they choose.

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