The IWLA is sponsoring an online survey designed to determine how states should be ranked in their efforts to protect supply chain jobs and businesses. Respondents are asked to restrict comments to states where their companies are headquartered, says Joel D. Anderson, president and CEO of IWLA. The organization intends to use the data in its government and public affairs operations.
The survey can be accessed at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22ANUXVRTBD.
The following are among the questions posed:
Has the state adopted the latest version of the UCC, enabling you and your depositors to use electronic documents? Does your state transportation department have a freight element in its transportation funding and planning cycle? Is there a state highway capital budget for freight improvements? Is there a plan to connect the ports, airports and rail yards to the major interstates and to nearby distribution hubs? Do your urban areas set aside truck loading and unloading zones and are they enforced? Is there good rail connectivity to your seaports and distribution facilities? How likely would you be to locate your business in a state which imposes service or uses taxes on warehouse storage charges and 3PL services? How likely would you be to locate your business in a state which imposes income, franchise or inventory taxes on warehouse storage charges and 3PL services? How important to your location decisions is availability of a trained workforce to within 30 minutes of your facility?
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