ACC media release: September 7, 2021
For immediate release
Reducing direct costs tops list of competitiveness priorities
EDMONTON — A recent Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) survey reveals reducing direct costs is a top priority for Alberta business operators. This finding came about through a short pulse survey conducted through the ACC's Alberta Perspectives market research program.

The survey related to pillar one of the ACC's municipal Vote Prosperity campaign: strengthening business competitiveness. Respondents were asked to rank their top three priorities from a list of four: reducing direct costs, improving business services, improving certainty/reducing complexity, and improving consultation.

Sixty-one per cent of the 260 respondents identified reducing direct costs like property taxes and utility franchise fees and as their top priority. Eighty-eight per cent listed this priority among their top three.
Sixty-one per cent of respondents identified reducing direct costs as their top priority of competitiveness factors surveyed.
"This survey finding reflects the continuously increasing costs of doing business in Alberta," says ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly. "It's telling of the current economic climate that more than half of survey respondents agree reducing direct costs is their number one competitiveness priority of the issues surveyed."

A short survey on pillar two: growing business partnerships is now live at

More information on the Vote Prosperity campaign is available at
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Ken Kobly
President and CEO
Alberta Chambers of Commerce
(M) 780-975-1659
(P) 780-425-4180 Ext.5

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce is a federation of 121 community-based chambers of commerce representing more than 24,000 job creators.

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