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Survey to gauge what people want out of Tahoe City

Now’s the chance to offer your two cents about the shopping, dining and entertainment strengths and weaknesses of Tahoe City.

The Tahoe City Downtown Association is conducting visitor and resident surveys at the farmers market as part of economic restructuring efforts in Tahoe City.

The ultimate goal of the surveys is to make Tahoe City a more thriving and vibrant place for visitors and residents alike, both commercially and socially, said Linda Williams, special projects coordinator with the business association.

“We’re trying to get a snapshot of [community] views of Tahoe City,” Williams said.

Specific feedback, such as what types of stores or restaurants people want to see in Tahoe City, will make for more concrete data. While there are a lot of ideas floating about, factual data offers clearer guidance, Williams said.

“What direction do we want to see Tahoe City going? It’s not just what’s good for business, but what’s good for our town,” said Dave Wilderotter, Tahoe Dave’s owner and board vice president of the business association.

The surveys ask about residence, ratings on dining, shopping and entertainment experiences, and provide space for comments regarding local business, government and community.

Survey results won’t be available until late fall, said Williams, and will be considered in future economic plans for Tahoe City. The downtown association will also share the feedback with the chamber of commerce as it revitalizes its business plan.

“We want to improve Tahoe City, the experience here for our visitors as well as our residents,” said Williams.

In addition to the surveys, Williams has been conducting face-to-face interviews with local businesses. Some interviews are with members of the business association though others are not. The interviews will continue into the fall, as restaurant and retail owners are more accessible, Williams said.

“A lot of change has happened to Tahoe City over the last five years,” Wilderotter said. “What is the future of Tahoe City? Is it the sleepy town? What used to be the entertainment capital maybe isn’t anymore. That’s what we need to figure out.”

The farmer’s market in Tahoe City runs on Thursdays through Oct. 26, where the downtown association will continue to conduct the surveys.

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