2022 Annual Business Walk
Taking the Pulse of the Region’s Business Climate
In its third year, the annual Connect Greater Newport Business Walk brings together business owners, elected officials government representatives and economic development organizations to meet face-to-face and share feedback about the business climate in Bristol and Newport Counties.
On October 25th, 2022 small teams of interviewers visited 60 business owners representing a cross section of industries in seven municipalities in the region.
Overall, businesses in the region reported that they had a great 2022 peak season, and are growing, but they continue to face some challenges related to the tight labor market, inflation and supply chain shortages.
Feedback is being incorporated into our 2023 regional economic development workplan and has been summarized into a one-page 2022 Business Pulse Report
2019 & 2021 Business Walk Reports
Information collected from the interviews is developed into a report with recommendations to improve our business climate. The findings are shared with all Business Walk participants, government officials, business leaders and the broader community to help meet the needs of our businesses.
We organized our first business walk in 2019, meeting with more than 80 businesses in the region. Read the 2019 Business Walk Report here
During the pandemic, we conducted our walk virtually, interviewing more than fifty businesses by phone or video call. Read 2021 Business Pulse Report here