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GOALS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2015-2016 and 2016-2017

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Report on actions taken to achieve the Board's goals for Fiscal Year 2014-2015   Infographic version

On December 1, 2014, the Board of Commissioners approved the following goals for Fiscal Year 2015-2016:


1. In partnership with the private sector and assistance from state government, support the creation of jobs and property tax base and the development of the County's workforce. Specific strategies include:

a. Support the enhancement of workforce development programs and efforts, working with educators and the private sector to train the workforce for jobs from existing and new employers that will be available through the efforts of the EDC.


b. Partner with the private sector to aggressively implement Innovate Catawba strategies.


c. Review incentive guidelines to ensure they are competitive but reasonable in terms of return on investment.


d. Develop, with the EDC and Hickory, parameters of investment for Park 1764.


e. Continuously monitor County regulations to ensure they support orderly growth and business development.

2. Review the County's emergency management program for improvements designed to provide efficient and effective pre-hospital emergency services, improve public safety, minimize property damage, and protect areas from disasters.

3. Continue advocacy for improvements to Highway 16 and Highway 150 as major corridors, in order to increase economic development and citizen and tourism access.

On October 5, 2015, the Board of Commissioners approved the following goals for Fiscal Year 2016-2017:

 

1. Lobby private providers and State and Federal government to expand broadband internet availability throughout County, connect key community assets, and work to address geographic areas with deficient service.


2. In partnership with the private sector and assistance from state government, support the creation of jobs and property tax base and the development of the County's workforce. Specific strategies include:


a. Support the enhancement of workforce development programs and efforts, working with educators and the private sector to train the workforce for jobs from existing and new employers that will be available through the efforts of the EDC.


b. Partner with the private sector to aggressively implement Innovate Catawba strategies.


c. Review incentive guidelines to ensure they are competitive but reasonable in terms of return on investment.


d. In partnership with the EDC and Hickory, develop and aggressively market Park 1764.


e. Continuously monitor County regulations to ensure they support orderly growth and business development.

 

3. Collaborate with the Economic Development Corporation, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Innovate Catawba partners, and others as appropriate to brand and market key
community strengths:

 

a. Location: proximity to major airport, ease of highway access, short distance from other attractive communities with strong amenities

 

b. Community arts, culture, and recreational amenities

 

c. Overall quality of life: cost of living, availability of health care, low crime rate, quality of education, etc.