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Categories:  R&D, innovation, and commercialization; regional industries and economies

Overview: The proposed survey of rural establishments will primarily assess the adoption of innovative practices and their contribution to firm productivity, the availability and use of local and regional assets, and the extent and importance of participation in Federal, State, and local programs designed to promote rural business vitality and growth. The survey is immediately concerned with producing an inventory of rural innovation and a comparison with urban establishment. The data may also be linked with Business Employment Dynamics (BED) data to examine associations of innovative behavior with establishment survival and employment growth.

Unit of Analysis: Establishments

Coverage: Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan business with 5 or more employees, active in the following tradable sectors: mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, finance and insurance, professional/ scientific/ technical services, arts, management of business

Sample Size: 30,000 respondents

Form: Aggregate tables

Geographic Detail: Type of geography (e.g., urban, rural)

Key Data Elements:

  • Employees and employee backgrounds and training
  • Factors affecting location decision
  • Utilization of various government and government-sponsored programs
  • Financing strategies
  • Business challenges related to location
  • Technology utilization
  • Innovation activity
  • Interaction with other businesses by location and type

Frequency: Current plans are for a one-time collectionTimeframe: Data collection is anticipated to end in early 2013 

Data Collection Method: Survey of a stratified random selection of establishments. Screening interview will be used to determine the most knowledgeable person in the establishment to respond to the survey. Multi-modal survey instrument (phone, mail and web) and token incentives will be used to increase response rate.

Access: To be determined

Potential Uses for Regional Analysis: Examine associations of innovative behavior with establishment survival and employment growth; analyze the role of location (urban verses rural), firm size, local institutions, and proximity in innovation activities and innovation networks

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