2 Agenda Overall Process and Plan Goal Area Discussions and PresentationsImplementation Issues
3 The Process Task When Task 1 - Steering Committee Meeting August 23 Task 2 - Information GatheringAugust - SeptemberTask 3 – Initial Planning Group WorkshopSeptemberTask 4 - Goal Area Task Force WorkshopsOctoberTask 5 – Planning Group Follow-Up WorkshopNovember 14Task 6: County Commission UpdateDecember 19Task 7: County Commission RetreatFebruary 24
4 Steering Committee Jonathan Byers Bill Newell Vaughn Sprinkle Cecil StallardJane Testerman
5 Planning Group Don Bartell, Retired Executive - IBM & Bank of America Jonathan Byers, Retired TeacherJames Cartner, Veterinarian Small and Large animalsDonna Corriher, Community Experience Specialist, Lowe's YMCALaura Ferguson, Real Estate Agent for Allen TateCyndi Godfrey, Godfrey Lumber Company, IncThurman Houston, Mooresville Town BoardRoger Hyatt, Interim Director of Mitchell Community College, Mooresville CenterVickie Kidd, Construction Co. and Realty Co. Co-Owner & DeveloperGlen Lindemann. Retired CEO Scott Technologies & ResidentKenny Miller, Ed.D., Director of Plant Operations, Iredell-Statesville SchoolsLisa Miller, Early College Program Principal at Mitchell Community CollegeWayne Miller, Retired School Assistant. Superintendent, Real EstateJames T. (Teddy) Millsaps, Retired high school principal and rental propertyThurman Houston, Board Member Town of MooresvilleWilliam F “Bill” Newell, Jr., Consulting Engineer & Local BusinessmanMike Smith, Greater Statesville Development Corp.Cecil Stallard, Transportation Logistics, Residential Custom Building, Statesville City CouncilJessie Summers, Retired Elementary School Teacher / Church & Community VolunteerJane Testerman, Retired Professor Emeritus UNC Charlotte, Former Superintendent MGSDDestiny Tsumas, Real EstateReggie Weisner, Prison SuperintendentRuth Wells, Retired School Teacher – Museum Board – Various Community ProjectsSusan Wolff, Volunteer Coordinator, Lowe's YMCA
6 Vision and Values Vision Prism of Opportunity Providing a Gateway to All Stages of LifeValuesGood moral base (that reflects mutual respect, equity for all, religion, and “southern hospitality”)Importance of education (academic, arts, and recreation)Public safety and healthSupport for agricultureEnvironmental sensitivityEncouragement of business and commerceCultural enrichment
7 MissionTo be recognized as a leading county that provides exceptional opportunities and enhances the quality of life for all.
8 Goals Areas Land Use/Environment Economic Vitality Transportation Collaborative GovernmentEducation/Culture/RecreationComprehensive Health CarePublic Safety
9 Goal Area Workshop Process Workshop of diverse groups of Iredell County citizens to address:GoalObstaclesMost Important Current ActivitiesCritical Success FactorsStrengths, Weaknesses, Threats and OpportunitiesMeasures of SuccessStrategiesImplementation Issues
11 Participants Vaughn Sprinkle, Chair Rex Bell Laura Ferguson Nancy KeithVickie KiddHarry MyersMark NeedhamFrank TempletonReggie WeisnerAlan Williams
12 GoalTo balance the land use plans through collaborative efforts between Iredell County and the municipalities.Comments:Better managed growth is essential to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Iredell CountyAgriculture is very important in Iredell County
13 Land Use/Environment Strategies StrategyKey Implementing Organization1. Create a coordinating group of leaders from the County and municipalities to provide leadership in land use and to discuss and resolve community-wide issues.County Commission and Municipalities2. Research, benchmark and adopt best practices from the top two or three communities that have successfully faced similar growth challenges, with consideration of funding issues.Newly formed coordinating group3. Assure that all land use plans tie together and are consistent with the County’s economic development, transportation, education, environmental, and other quality of life goals and protect the County’s agricultural community.4. Control growth until infrastructure catches up with population and consider buying land in advance of growth.County and Municipalities5. Communicate land-use plans and their importance to the public.6. Conduct bi-annual summit to review overall plans and progress and to suggest corrective action.
15 Participants Cecil Stallard, Chair Don Bartell Brad Howard Melanie O’Connell UnderwoodKenny MillerWayne MillerRay RabeC. Michael Smith
16 GoalTo achieve sustained, balanced, and diversified commercial, industrial, and residential growth consistent with a changing economic environmentComments:It is essential to grow and maintain balanceIt is a risk if residential increases too quickly in comparison to industrial and commercial developmentIredell County should take full advantage of State initiatives
17 Economic Vitality Strategies StrategyKey Implementing Organization1. Support efforts of and enhance collaboration between economic development corporations and Chambers relating to recruitment, retention, expansion, and agri-business.EDCs and Chambers2. Use zoning to influence economic development efforts.County and municipalities3. Create public/private partnerships and determine funding to create sites for buildings.EDCs, County, municipalities, and business groups4. Support educational efforts to enhance work force development, explore opportunities resulting from potential labor availability created by automotive manufacturer cutbacks, and communicate existing Mitchell C.C. programs.School Boards, Mitchell C.C., and County5. Build on NASCAR, motorsports suppliers, and Lowes presence in the County.6. Identify and pursue opportunities in emerging industries in which Iredell County has a competitive advantage such as alternative energy (and other agricultural related opportunities) and Life Sciences (as Kannapolis project progresses).7. Create a Task Force to consider and, if appropriate, to champion the establishment or recruitment of a four year college.County Commission to appoint
19 Participants Don Bartell, Chair Alan Boyce Chris Dawes Bjorn Hansen Vickie KiddGlen LindemannTeddy MillsapsWally RiddleTerry TaylorDestiny TsumasHarry TsumasSteve Warren
20 GoalTo provide a transportation infrastructure to support the growth of Iredell County communities in an efficient and environmentally friendly mannerComment:This goal must be achieved to positively impact economic development, citizen satisfaction, and overall quality of life the citizens desire
21 Transportation Strategies StrategyKey Implementing Organization1. Establish a Task Force to explore new sources of funding and revenue such as bonds, special tax districts, grants and others; to identify funding opportunities for alternative transportation (Federal funds or others); and to support transportation issues.County Commission to appoint the Task ForceTransportation Advisory Board2. Strengthen lobbying efforts to enhance Iredell's transportation interests at the State, regional and local levels.County Commission3. Obtain strategic highway corridor designation for Highway 150 (use NC 73 as a model)County and Municipalities4. Ensure transportation plans are integrated with land use plans and are understood down to the lowest level of relevant organizations.County andMunicipalities5. Publicize and build public support for transportation issues through community action, media, public education and other public communication.Task Force
23 Participants Bill Newell, Chair Anna Bonham Donna Corriher Rick Dowdle Cheryl Mendenhall
24 GoalTo enhance cooperation among governmental entities to develop and maintain similar ordinances and policies, whenever possibleComments:Currently schools, police, fire, libraries are collaborating effectively to control cost and provide enhanced service.Additional effort is needed in zoning and land-use.
25 Collaborative Government Strategies StrategyKey Implementing Organization1. Obtain support from key opinion leaders from all parts of the County to get behind the effort to enhance collaboration and communicate historical successes and their impact.Strategic Planning Group2. Involve key elected officials and municipal management to quantify benefits, develop priorities, create “buy-in” for the concept and provide direction to the leadership group, building on their current meetings and efforts.County and municipal leaders3. Appoint a liaison group that reports to the respective senior management of the County and municipalities to monitor collaboration efforts, resolve problems, evaluate results (especially relating to land use and zoning), mobilize common efforts at State level, and publicize results and benefits of collaboration.
27 Participants Jane Testerman, Chair Don Breedlove Jim Calabrese John DodsonWilliam FindtJane GetsingerDevry GibbsTheresa GolasRoger HyattBrenda JoynerSherry KlepferWalter KlepferKenny MillerLisa MillerRalph PhiferJessie SummersVirginia WagnerSteve Young
28 GoalTo excel in providing diverse educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all Iredell County residentsComments:This is a very high priority for the future of Iredell CountyEducation, culture, and recreation are important components of the educational environmentAchieving this goal will have a positive impact on all segments of the population, not just young people
29 Education/Culture/Recreation Strategies StrategyKey Implementing Organization1. Increase funding for education, cultural arts, and parks & recreational facilities and opportunities through tax revenue, supplemented by additional sources such as public/private partnerships, grants, corporate funds, and others.County Commissionand leaders of agencies and groups2. Continue collaboration efforts of school districts and Mitchell CC to build on success already achieved with a focus on academics, vocational training, and workforce development.Leaders of three entities3. Establish a Task Force to research and benchmark educational, cultural, and recreational activities of other communities to identify an action plan for development and deployment of programs and activities and their funding, and to coordinate inter-agency communication.Representatives from schools and cultural arts groups4. Improve communication and promotion of non-school educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities that exist in Iredell County, with a comprehensive calendar and appropriate publicity.County
31 Participants Jonathan Byers, Chair Donna Campbell Mary Gantt Barbara JohnsonSusan JohnsonWayne MillerRay RabeDavid Swann
32 GoalTo enhance accessibility to comprehensive health care for a growing population and promotion of community wellnessComments:The private physicians and hospitals in Iredell County are considered excellent and are not specifically addressed by this goal area task forceGrowth will continue to strain existing health resources
33 Comprehensive Health Care Strategies StrategyKey Implementing Organization1. Fund public health commensurate with community growth and seek grants and additional sources of non-tax funds. Use funds to maintain and improve access to needed services.County CommissionCounty Health Department2. Work with the private sector to increase their involvement in prevention education and wellness programs (especially large employers).Chambers of Commerce3. Enhance access for growing under-served population including non-English speaking, poor, elderly, etc.4. Increase County-wide communication of public health issues and disease prevention.5. Continue and enhance education and training for public health personnel.
35 Participants Jonathan Byers, Chair Terry Beck David Cloer William ConradDavid HinsonRonny ThompsonPaul Webster
36 GoalTo provide effective public safety and enhance accessibility to emergency services for a growing population, with good cooperation among governmental entitiesComments:Must maintain safe lawful environment, despite growthCooperation between entities has been good and should be continued and enhanced
37 Public Safety Strategies StrategyKey Implementing Organization1. Assure funding that enables public safety to keep up with growth in terms of trained paid personnel, equipment, facilities, etc.County CommissionMunicipal governing Boards2. Maintain quality personnel and equipment with quality hiring, appropriate pay, effective training, and well-maintained equipment.Agencies3. Assure that growth is “public safety friendly” in terms of water pressure, roads, fire department locations, etc. Require developers to support this effort as part of approval process.4. Create inter-agency group to address important and emerging public safety issues such as gang violence, teen crime, drugs, disaster recovery, threat of terrorism, inter-agency communications, public communication, and others.
38 Communications Strategy Iredell County CommissionDecember Commission MeetingDiscuss at February RetreatAsk for endorsementMunicipalitiesAsk Mayors to present at Town/City Board meetingsPublic at large – some ideasPress release and press meetingInserts in utility billsCounty and municipal web sitesChambers of Commerce web sitesStrategic framework insert in local newspapers and distributed in libraries, civic centers and other public locationsEducational piece in schools – program for civics classesPresentations to community groups
39 Implementation Issues Keep planning group as a “Standing Committee”Assign a member of Steering Committee as chairmanAssign Tracy Jackson as coordinatorPeriodic implementation reviewPlan updates and revisionsHold implementing organizations accountableCommunicate with and solicit support of implementing organizations (governmental and other)Acceptance of responsibilityImplementation plansReview ongoing progress and communicate progress to the public