BizFed 2021 Pulse Poll Sees Record Participation
LOS ANGELES: In a recently completed survey of Los Angeles-area business leaders, when queried about the “most business-friendly city” in Los Angeles County, 14% of respondents selected the city of Long Beach. Torrance ranked first with 18%. The survey, completed by 782 respondents, including 214 participating organizations comprising 100% of BizFed’s membership spread across 19 industry sectors. The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (40 respondents) and the Long Beach Economic Partnership (23 respondents) completed 63 surveys – tied for the second highest total in the 2021 Pulse Poll. The survey analyzed key topics that impact business operations and profitability including workforce levels, remote work, childcare challenges, the effectiveness of government relief programs and other topics.
“As the second largest city in Los Angeles County, Long Beach takes great pride in local government’s ability to support businesses in our city,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “It’s because of this effective collaboration that our city is such a great place to live, work and raise a family. Thank you to L.A.’s business leaders for acknowledging the City of Long Beach.”
Most of the Pulse Poll responses from Long Beach were in line with the full survey results.
• 62.5% of the Long Beach area business leaders expressed that they are “optimistic,” versus 63.2% for L.A. County overall.
• 37.5% of the Long Beach area business leaders project increases to their workforce in the coming year, versus 38.3% for L.A. County overall.
• As for L.A. County in general, Long Beach-area business leaders identified homelessness as the top business concern and taxes and fees as the number two business concern.
“Long Beach businesses are more positive about operations and expansion in the next 12 months than businesses throughout the Los Angeles County,” added Jeremy Harris, President and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We value our working relationship with the City of Long Beach and, while it can always improve, business leadership, education and advocacy are essential elements to ensure that the Long Beach area continues to thrive in the 21st Century.”
Differences in Long Beach responses to the Pulse Poll in comparison to Los Angeles County include:
• Remote work in Long Beach will not be as prevalent as in L.A. County – 22.5% expect to have no employees working remote post-pandemic versus 12.48% countywide. • Childcare is an issue, but not for as many Long Beach businesses as in L.A. County in general – 22.5% report that no employees have cited childcare concerns as a reason for possibly not being able to return to the workplace versus 12.48% for L.A. County in general.
• Long Beach businesses support Governor Newsom, with 52.50% responding they feel he is listening (versus 35.38% from all respondents) and 37.50% expressing that he is not listening (versus 54.77% among all respondents).
• While the top two business concerns were the same, noticeable differences included Crime (#9 for Long Beach, #3 for L.A. County); Energy and Fuel Costs (#12 for Long Beach, #8 for L.A. County); Local Permit Process (#5 for Long Beach, #11 for L.A. County); and Environmental Policies (#10 for Long Beach, #17 for L.A. County).
• Long Beach business leaders’ assessment of local government’s efforts to reduce homelessness and address housing affordability were rated even lower all L.A. County respondents. Only 7.5% were satisfied with efforts to reduce homelessness (versus 11.34%countywide) and only 12.50% were satisfied with housing affordability (versus 26.87% in L.A. County in general).
• Public Transportation is more important for Long Beach business leaders – 67.50% expressing that it is either somewhat or extremely important for their employees and customers versus 50.37% among all respondents
• Less than half as many Long Beach respondents anticipate challenges paying their rent or mortgage next year (9.09% in Long Beach versus 20.22% for L.A. County overall).
“Collaboration is a hallmark of the Long Beach Economic Partnership,” continued Randal Hernandez, chairman of the Long Beach Economic Partnership. “This unique relationship between Long Beach businesses and government will accelerate the economic recovery growing business, jobs and economic opportunity for the region.”
About the BizFed Pulse Poll
This year’s survey marks the 13th year that Employers Group has partnered with BizFed to conduct its annual Pulse Poll, this year called “2021: Business Outlook and Re-Opening Survey.” The survey, which was conducted from April 12 to May 4, 2021 asks BizFed members, business owners and executives throughout Los Angeles County, a battery of questions to find out key issues and concerns they deem most critical to the ongoing operation and growth of their business. Access the full BizFed Pulse Poll here.
“These comprehensive findings highlight how Los Angeles’ business leaders are ready to get back to work and feel largely positive about the next 12-months,” stated Tracy Hernandez, BizFed Founding CEO. “Barring unforeseen economic headwinds or government overreach, Los Angeles-area business leaders believe they are poised for economic growth, job creation and business expansion. That said, business leader concerns about homelessness and affordability must be addressed in tangible ways.”
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