Over the past year, the federal government has applied considerable efforts to increasing the appeal of the Russian Far East to entrepreneurs. A number of laws have been passed to encourage regional-level investment and to exploit competitive advantages, including a law on Advanced Special Economic Zones, a change in industrial policy, and a law aimed at stimulating investment. Increasing economic activity in an area depends first and foremost, however, on the approach taken by local authorities. At the regional level, measures have included a one-stop-shop investor support mechanism, simplification of administrative procedures for construction and grid connection, and allocation of land plots, among others. Despite all these efforts, none of the nine regions in the Russian Far East made it into the top twenty in the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index for 2016. How do the regional authorities plan to rectify the situation through policy changes, ensuring stable regional economic development and attracting investment? How is work to implement such a project being carried out? What has been accomplished over the past year? What has been less successful? How do entrepreneurs and investors assess the effectiveness of the regional governors administrations? What does business currently need most from the regional authorities?