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File #: 18-584    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Report Status: Passed
File created: 11/16/2018 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 12/5/2018 Final action: 12/5/2018
Title: Project ENABLE (Economic Development Strategic Plan) SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Staff is seeking approval from the Board for Project ENABLE. ITEM TYPE: Regular Action Item STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Johnson, Newberry PRESENTER (S): Doug Walker, Roger Johnson, J.T. Newberry LEGAL REVIEW: Not Required REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson BACKGROUND: On September 5, 2018, the Board of Supervisors endorsed the Goals and Objectives of Project ENABLE. Staff then drafted Strategies for each of the endorsed Goals and Objectives using best practices from the International Economic Development Council. Staff next followed a very similar process to review the drafted Strategies as the one used to review the Goals and Objectives. The drafted strategies were refined as a project team, vetted through a cross-departmental team, and finally discussed with a variety of groups throughout October, including the external stakeholder group, the development community, the Chamber of ...
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Albemarle ED Strategic Plan Draft - December 2018
AGENDA DATE: 12/5/2018

TITLE:
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Project ENABLE (Economic Development Strategic Plan)

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Staff is seeking approval from the Board for Project ENABLE.

ITEM TYPE: Regular Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Johnson, Newberry

PRESENTER (S): Doug Walker, Roger Johnson, J.T. Newberry

LEGAL REVIEW: Not Required

REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: On September 5, 2018, the Board of Supervisors endorsed the Goals and Objectives of Project ENABLE. Staff then drafted Strategies for each of the endorsed Goals and Objectives using best practices from the International Economic Development Council. Staff next followed a very similar process to review the drafted Strategies as the one used to review the Goals and Objectives. The drafted strategies were refined as a project team, vetted through a cross-departmental team, and finally discussed with a variety of groups throughout October, including the external stakeholder group, the development community, the Chamber of Commerce, CVPED Region 9 Board, and the Economic Development Authority. In addition, two open-houses and an online survey solicited public feedback.

On November 7, 2018, the Board provided feedback to staff and heard comments from the public on the drafted Strategies. The Board directed staff to incorporate their feedback and to bring Project ENABLE back for final approval.

STRATEGIC PLAN: Economic Prosperity: Foster an environment that stimulates diversified job creation, capital investments, and tax revenues that support community goals.

DISCUSSION:
Based on the feedback received on November 7, 2018, staff revised Project ENABLE in several key ways.

* Add the word "collaborate" to the definition of "Partner" as well as add a definition for "agribusiness" to the glossary section
* Revised Goal 3 (Readiness to Accommodate Business), Objective 2, to emphasize "growth area" instead of "non-rural area"
* Revise Goal 6, Objective 2 to add "Alb...

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