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Halifax County kicks off community strategic planning effort

SoVaNow.com / October 15, 2018
How does Halifax County become a more prosperous, successful, and vibrant place to live and work? Citizens are invited to help answer that question as Halifax County kicks off a community strategic planning effort on Oct. 15.

Public, private, and non-profit leaders in Halifax County have come together to develop a community strategic plan that will provide a roadmap to help the County address challenges, increase prosperity, and improve quality of life for current and future residents.

The plan will address the full range of competitive factors that influence a community’s attractiveness, including talent, education and training resources, infrastructure, business climate, and quality of life and place.

Starting the week of Oct. 15, the public will have an opportunity to provide input into the strategic plan through an online survey open to anyone who lives or works in Halifax County. The survey will be open through Friday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m., and may be accessed at http://www.HalifaxVAStrategy.com. Additionally, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center will host a series of targeted focus groups and interviews with community representatives.

The community strategic planning process is led by a diverse, 27-member steering committee headed by three chairs: Halifax County Board of Supervisors chairman Dennis Witt, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center executive dsirector Betty Adams, and executive director of Sentara Dominion Health Medical Associates Grey Watson.

The entire strategic planning process takes six months, and will conclude in March with the delivery of the final plan. “This process will produce a Halifax County Community Strategic Plan that is comprehensive, consensus-based, and practical. Ultimately, the plan will produce an essential roadmap for charting the county’s future,” Adams stated.

The Halifax County Community Strategic Planning process was initiated by a group of key, non-elected Halifax County leaders that have been meeting monthly since the last Halifax County Strategic Plan, Vision 2020, was conducted in 2004. Members of the Leadership 2020 Team include the Halifax County Chamber president, Halifax County Administrator, South Boston Town Manager, Halifax County town manager, Halifax County IDA executive director, Halifax County Public Schools superintendent, Halifax County Service Authority executive director, and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center executive director.

Market Street Services, a national community and economic development firm based in Atlanta, has been contracted to facilitate the three-phase strategic planning process, and to develop the final plan. Market Street staff have worked with more than 165 communities in 34 states to devise measurable, achievable strategies. Market Street previously worked with Halifax County to develop the 2004 Vision 2020 plan.

The public is encouraged to participate in the community-wide strategic planning process by taking an online survey at http://www.HalifaxVAStrategy.com. The survey is anonymous, and participants are not asked to provide contact information. Additional details on the strategy development process are also available at the site.

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