On January 18th, the Leon County Commission discussed their new priorities for the County’s 5-Year Strategic Plan at the County’s Annual Retreat. The Commission focused on 4 main strategic priorities–Economy, Environment, Quality of Life, and Governance.
After the retreat, Commissioner Nick Maddox stated, “I am proud of the Board’s work today at our annual retreat, and especially how we came together to ensure our community’s continued success and progress. Through strategic planning, we will continue to address our community’s needs now and into the future.”
The strategic planning for each of the priorities involves a “Bold Goal” and reaching specific “Targets”.
One of the main priorities for Leon county is economic growth with a focus on diversifying the local economy. The County plans on growing the tourism economy and promoting the expansion of business and job creation.
The Bold Goal for economic growth is to grow the five-year tourism economy to $5 billion. In addition, the county plans to achieve the following targets:
- Attract 100 state, regional, or national championships across all sports
- Grow the market by 10,000 new jobs and co-create 500 entrepreneur ventures.
- Connect 7,000 students to skilled job opportunities through Leon County Works and other talent development initiatives.
- Increase the number of certified MWSBEs by 30%
Leon County seeks to be a responsible steward over the community’s natural resources and plans to move toward more sustainable practices. The County’s plans are focused on water quality, protecting environmentally sensitive lands and reducing the community’s carbon footprint.
The Bold Goal for the environment is to upgrade or eliminate 500 septic tanks in the primary spring protection zone. Additionally, the county plans to achieve the following targets to improve the environment:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions stemming from county operations by 25%
- Double solar power generation at county facilities
- Diver 3 million pounds of household hazardous waste from the landfill
Quality of Life
Under Quality of Life, Leon County’s plans are focused on community safety and and maintaining & enhancing our parks. The County also plans to promote literacy by providing essential offerings through libraries and promoting access to basic health care and homeless prevention services.
The Bold Goal for improving quality of life for residents is to support community partners to place 100 residents experiencing chronic homelessness in permanent supportive housing. Other targets to improve the quality of life for residents include:
- Secure more than $150 million in federal, state and local benefits for Leon County Veterans and their families.
- support 900 community events, sporting competitions, festivals, performances and programs.
- Construct an additional 90 miles of sidewalks, greenways, trails and bike lanes.
- Host 100,000 residents and visitors through county supported performances at the amphitheater.
The retreat agenda noted that the Board has made it a priority to ensure citizen engagement and fiscal stewardship. The County is committed to moving into a culture of transparency and public service. The County plans on engaging citizens through platforms to ensure communication on important issues.
The Bold Goal to improve county governance is to implement 600 citizen ideas, improvements, solutions and opportunities for co-creation. The county will also focus on the following targets designed to improve governance:
- Connect 50,000 volunteers with service opportunities communitywide.
- Reach 100,000 more citizens across all county platforms and programing
- Offer 100% online permitting for licenses contractors, engineers, and architects.
- Communicate more than 1.5 million disaster preparedness messages to create resilient households, businesses and nonprofits.