The following article is from our Fall, 2007 newsletter:
The 2007-2008 school year marks a pivotal moment for the Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey, as the management team continues to develop last yearâ€™s improvements. In fall 2006, student manager Emily Pears and Kosmont Manager Ritika Puri succeeded in cutting data collection time in half. In spring â€˜07, the Kosmont team revamped the publicationâ€™s executive summary and developed comprehensive Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps of cost ratings in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, and San Diego Counties.
This fall, the Survey team welcomes three more improvements. Claremont Graduate University student Murray Bessette has joined the Institute to oversee 2008 and future editions of Kosmont: he will provide immense support to current and future managers. The Rose, in partnership with Kosmont Companies, also plans to launch a Kosmont-Rose website by second semester. In 2005, the Rose digitized the Kosmont survey, and we envision a website as an enhancement to customer accessibility. The Rose also thanks its nine new freshmen for their dedication to Kosmontâ€™s success.
The Survey is now in its fourteenth year of publication and its sixth year of publication by the Rose Institute. The publication combines business tax information with details on economic programs in over 400 United States cities. The Survey connects realms of business with state and local government and allows clients to compare cities of interest. Frequent Survey customers include real estate agents, business owners, government officials, and economic associations. The publication has received press in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, San Jose Business Journal, and The Economist. Nearly three-fourths of Roseâ€™s undergraduate research assistants have been published in the survey.
As Kosmont manager, I look forward to a great year with Murray Bessette, our nine-undergraduate team, and two managerial assistants, senior Ann Harvey and sophomore Keith McCammon. We hope to release the 2008 Kosmont-Rose Cost of Doing Business Survey by June 2007.