Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Friday, March 30, 2007

The Strategic Alliance: Guilford County Strategic Planning Initiative

The Strategic Plan Process Committee, chaired by Sharisse Fuller, previewed their research and offered suggestions for the Board of Commissioners to consider during the special meeting on March 29th. The concept of developing the County’s initial comprehensive strategic plan was discussed by the Board of Commissioners during their annual planning retreat on January 5, 2007.

Members of the study committee, representing 12 departments and a cross-section of County functions, were charged to propose a process that incorporates best practices that would best serve Guilford County. Already, the group has reviewed strategic planning efforts completed by both cities and counties within North Carolina and across the United States. The Committee recommended that a multi-component business plan be created that will take 14 to 16 months to fully develop and implement. A time line was presented that divides the work into four phases: Assessment, Goal Setting, Plan Development and Managing for Results.

Since the Assessment requires maximum community involvement, the Committee encouraged the Board to offer forums in their respective districts as well as community surveys to gather input from the general public and key stakeholders. A stakeholder survey that will identify various stakeholder groups and yield a data base has been distributed to County departments for completion. Opinions and feedback from the surveys and forums can be used to formulate the vision for the County. Tentative dates for the forums are May 8, May 15, and May 22 with all sessions scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

More information will give provided on the forums as we move closer to the dates!


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