Continuing an economic impact discovery effort that began in the spring of 2020 following the onset of pandemic-related restrictions, the Cape Cod Commission and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce have issued a fourth online survey to Cape Cod businesses and nonprofits.
The first pair of surveys, conducted in summer and fall of 2020, provided critical information on immediate impacts to the region’s business community and insight into the support necessary for businesses and organizations to adapt. A third survey, issued in January 2021, sought to better understand the impacts of the pandemic over the course of the year and included specific questions about how they were fairing in the off-season.
This fourth follow-up survey will evaluate the extended effects of the pandemic, including for the 2021 summer season and examining the impacts of vaccinations on the workforce. Results will reveal more about changes to operations, effects on revenue, impacts to the workforce, and both financial and non-financial needs.
Data collected will inform the Cape Cod Commission’s economic resiliency planning efforts, which includes development of a regional economic resilience plan to address identified needs, and direct technical assistance to businesses by the Cape Cod Commission and the chamber of commerce.
Survey data collected to date can be leveraged by businesses, towns, and other organizations in grant applications and reports, as it documents the initial impacts of the pandemic as well as those felt during Cape Cod’s peak summer season. Results of the first three surveys are available at www.datacapecod.com
Responses are held confidentially, and results are reported out in aggregate. Business owners and non-profit leaders from throughout the region, including past survey participants, are encouraged to respond. The survey will be open through late November, with results expected to be published in December.
The Cape Cod Businesses: Economic Impacts of COVID-19 survey is available here.