2019-2020 SSMCP Local Business Survey
SSMCP in collaboration with UW Tacoma, Center for Business Analytics, recently completed an on-line local business survey. This survey sought to identify the military connected customer bases of local businesses and the effects of JBLM on the local economy. Over 560 responses were received with 53% of those coming from local business leaders. 64% of respondents were independently owned small businesses and 71% of the businesses had been operating for over 10 years. The questions focused on perceptions in preparation for the updated 2020 JBLM regional economic impact analysis.
Two key findings are shown in the chart below. Business leaders tended to report lower perceived economic impact than non-business leaders. Business leaders who did not report a current or prior military affiliation reported lower perceived impact than military affiliated business leaders. Given this finding, SSMCP has to improve on its strategic messaging regarding the economic significance of JBLM to the South Sound. WE hope to be doing just that later this spring when we conclude our updated economic impact analysis of JBLM.
Secondly, the survey confirms that JBLM helps attract talent to the region– 75% of respondents did not live in Pierce/Thurston Counties prior to their military affiliation. And, when the come, they tend to stay – 70% self-report as homeowners.
2018 JBLM Workforce Survey
The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) conducted a survey hosted by Survey Monkey to Joint Base-Lewis McChord (JBLM) and Camp Murray mail.mil, af.mil email addresses. A wide variety of topics were asked about including housing, education and perceptions. The primary target audience was Active Duty Service Members and Reservists. Most participants were non-military personnel working on the installation.
JBLM 2018 Workforce Survey Brochure
2016 JBLM/Camp Murray Regional Survey
The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) conducted a survey hosted by Survey Monkey to Joint Base-Lewis McChord (JBLM) and Camp Murray mail.mil, af.mil email addresses. A wide variety of topics were asked about including housing, education, transition services and perceptions. The primary target audience was Active Duty Service Members and Reservists. Most participants were non-military personnel working on the installation.
SSMCP/2016 JBLM Camp Murray Regional Survey Executive Summary
2015 Business and Community Survey
In 2015, SSMCP conducted a survey of the citizens and businesses that interact with JBLM to gain a better understanding of those interactions and the attitudes of South Sound residents about military presence in our area. SSMCP partnered with a consulting firm to gather useful business and community information on interactions with and perceptions of the military presence in the South Sound.
Overall Summary of 2015 SSMCP Business & Community Survey
SSMCP Community Survey results:
- Greater Pierce County
- Unincorporated Pierce County
- University Place
- Greater Thurston County
- Unincorporated Thurston County