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TEAM HALIFAX ROLLOUT

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Members of the Community Strategic Planning Process include, Betty Adams,chairman, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center; Grey Watson, chairman, Sentara Dominion Health Medical Associates; Dennis Witt, chairman, Halifax County Board of Supervisors; Lezlie Bryant, Realty Resource; Virginia Byrd, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center; Petrina Carter, Tri-County Community Action Agency; Kevin Chandler, Trinity Missionary Baptist Church; Ryland Clark, ABB; Mattie Cowan; Carl Espy, Town of Halifax; Mark Estes, Halifax County Public Service Authority; Chelsey Garrett, Edward Jones; Blair Hall, Waller Brothers Farm; Lin Hite, Longwood Small Business Development Center; Earl Howerton, Southside Outreach Group; Stanley Jeffress, Jeffress Funeral Home; Kristy Johnson, Halifax County IDA; Adam Layman, Staunton River State Park; Bradford Lee, Presto Products; Mark Lineburg, Halifax County Public Schools; Nick Long, WHLF 95.3; Mitzi McCormick, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce; Connie Nyholm, Virginia International Raceway; Tom Raab, Town of South Boston; Phyllis Smith; Jason Studley, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital; and Angela Yancey, The Prizery.
SoVaNow.com / May 13, 2019
Team Halifax invites the public to the rollout next week of a strategic plan for the county’s future.

On Wednesday, May 22, members of a 27-person local steering committee will unveil the Community Strategic Plan, the product of months of work to identify ways to achieve a more prosperous and successful future for Halifax County in coming decades. Described as “a comprehensive, actionable, and consensus-based strategy to guide the community’s collective actions in the years to come,” the strategic plan identifies goals for improving local education and job training, attracting new businesses and residents, and raising the quality of life for people in Halifax County.

“We couldn’t be happier with the results of the strategic plan,” said Mitzi McCormick of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, which spearheaded the effort. “This plan represents an opportunity for the community to shape its own future.

“We hope to see a full house at the rollout on May 22,” McCormick said.

The unveiling of the strategic plan will take place at The Prizery starting at 5:30 p.m. Members of the steering committee, led by the three chairmen — Halifax County Board of Supervisors chairman Dennis Witt, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center executive director Betty Adams, and executive director of Sentara Dominion Health Medical Associates Grey Watson — will take part in the rollout event.

The Community Strategic Plan tackles the full range of factors that influence a community’s competitiveness: attracting talent from the outside, raising standards of education and job training, improving infrastructure and the business climate, and addressing the quality of life in the community, among other goals. The plan spells out both broad strategic objectives and tactical steps that can be taken to improve Halifax County’s profile — many of which come at the cost of little or no money, but do demand greater involvement within the community.

“A plan is only valuable when it is implemented,” said McCormick, president of the chamber. “A realistic work plan will ensure that the Community Strategic Plan is activated and sustainable for the next five years and beyond.”

The committee members who worked to develop the Community Strategic Plan — public and private sector and non-profit group leaders in Halifax County — began with a stakeholder engagement process that included interviews, focus groups, and an online survey that received nearly 1,600 responses from individuals who live or work in Halifax County.

According to a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, this “public input was synthesized with in-depth analysis of demographic, socioeconomic, economic, and quality of life data to create the Community Assessment. This foundational research document directly informed the creation of the Community Strategic Plan. The strategic framework begins with a Core Goal: ‘Raise levels of prosperity, increase economic opportunity, and improve quality of life for all residents of Halifax County.

“This statement is consistent with the reality that community and economic development is fundamentally about building wealth and raising standards of living,” the statement continues “Individually and collectively, the components of this Community Strategic Plan seek to improve the lives of all current and future residents of Halifax County.”

Assisting the local planning process is Market Street Services, a national community and economic development firm based in Atlanta. Market Street helped the Halifax County community shape its previous holistic community development strategy, Vision 2020, in 2004.



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Take a good look at this photo and be sure to thank each and every member shown here when your taxes increase. This is "TEAM HALIFAX" who is comprised mainly of high paid government workers living off of taxpayers monies. A main component of the Vision plan is a brand new $100 million school among other ideas and strategies that will ultimately require taxpayer funding. It should be noted that the prior Vision 2020 plan was neither adhered to nor bench marked and updated accordingly. It was simply replaced by a new one written by Market Street, again paid for by taxpayer funding. It is high time the taxpayers make the local government officials accountable for all this wasteful spending before taxes spiral out of control.

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Get broadband first then ilets hear your pie in sky predictions

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Yep, that T-shirt should fix everything. Enough said.


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