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Council Approves 5 Strategies to Guide City

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Hilliard City Council approved five broad areas of strategic focus Monday night designed to add additional structure to future priority-setting.

Initial goals tied to these priorities include studying the feasibility of a future Community Center, developing a financial plan that ensures the City can continue offering excellent and innovative services, ensuring aging neighborhoods continue to be maintained and improved, creating a long-term economic development strategy, and expanding community engagement and communication.

The goals were outcomes identified during Council’s July visioning retreat. The next step in the process will be for City staff to prepare action plans, timelines, and budgetary considerations to achieve each of the approved goals.

The approved focus areas – along with the first goals to achieve in each of these areas – were:

Excellent, Innovative City Services

Goal: The City will ensure continued delivery of excellent and innovative services in the years ahead by developing a long-term financial plan focusing on fiscal resilience and sustainability.

Family-friendly, Engaged Community

Goal: The City will focus on transparency, public trust, and resident involvement by developing and implementing a community engagement and communications plan.

Distinct, Well-Planned Community

Goal: The City is committed to implementing a strategy that includes public infrastructure maintenance and delivery of City services that support residents as they maintain properties in our older neighborhoods.

Quality Commercial Development

Goal: The City will create and implement an economic development plan focused on the attraction, retention, growth and creation of businesses and jobs that provide a strong tax base and quality development.

Valued Cultural and Recreational Amenities & Programs

Goal: The City will meet the community’s needs for indoor recreational, health and wellness amenities and programming by engaging strategic partners to plan and build a new community center.

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