A plan is only as good as the information and input on which it is based, especially when it is a strategic plan that plots a course two decades into the future. To best serve the community, Addison Airport began its strategic planning process in September by surveying the airport businesses and its T-hangar tenants. Inviting them by e-mail to spend a few minutes with the online survey, the airport staff shared and discussed the collated data with interested respondents at face-to-face gatherings, and collected even more input in the process.
Sharing this data with the wider Addison Airport community is equally important because, after all, it’s your airport, too. In this post we’ll look survey taken by the airport businesses, and the next post will look at the survey responses provided by the T-hangar tenants. Businesses on the Addison Airport delivered an excellent 40-percent response rate to the 10-question (12 if you count the comment and contact information fields) survey, and two-thirds of them said they’d attend the strategic planning meetings to provide more input.
Many of the questions can best be shared by charts and graphs. Others require just a few words. For example, about half the respondents skipped the question about their expansion plans, and those that answered were roughly divided between “yes” and “no.” Other questions, such as “What changes would most improve the airport?” and “What new services or businesses would improve ADS and be beneficial to your business?” drew an equal or smaller responses that offered good suggestions but not a defining consensus.
Rather than hundreds of words, let look at the charts that convey the questions and answers provided by the airport businesses.