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.