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Pickens County Vision 2025 July 2010 Update


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July 2010 Update to Pickens County Vision 2025 Plan

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Pickens County Vision 2025 July 2010 Update

  1. 1. Pickens County Vision 2025 Implementation
  2. 2. Community Visioning <ul><li>Community visioning is both a process and a product </li></ul><ul><li>The process gave residents the opportunity to express what they value about their community and to develop a consensus on what they would like to change or preserve </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pickens County Vision 2025 Plan <ul><li>A Vision Plan was created from citizen input. The plan represents a manageable and feasible set of community goals and an action plan </li></ul><ul><li>Our plan was completed and presented to the community in September 2007 </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Vision Plan History <ul><li>Greenville Vision 2025 Sparked Interest in Pickens County in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Steering Committee Formed in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Raised funds in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen Input Through Town Hall Meetings, Focus Groups, Individual Interviews, & On-Line Forms in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation Team Formed 2008 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Five Goal Areas
  6. 6. A Healthy Safe Community <ul><li>Fifteen Objectives Including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote healthy lifestyles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grow resources for emergency, law enforcement, & health care as the population grows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build collaboration among organizations that work with children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide services for troubled and distressed families and individuals </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. A Planned Community <ul><li>Twenty one Objectives including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Countywide land use planning for growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote our natural resources and assets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master Planning for utility, recreation, and emergency services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide for an aging population </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. A Working Community <ul><li>Fifteen Objectives including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan for and provide infrastructure to attract new commercial enterprises </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop well-paying jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train our workforce for future jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote creative and respectful synergy between educational institutions and the community </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. A Sense of Place <ul><li>Twenty Objectives Including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster a sense of individual communities while providing for cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build relationships between current & new citizens, & foster welcoming community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop enhanced access to lakes and rivers for recreational activities </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. An Educated Community <ul><li>Eighteen Objectives including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make education a priority for all, and promote the value of lifelong learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote the need for high school and higher education for all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retain students by developing additional relevant and engaging curriculum </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. IMPLEMENTATION Putting the Vision Plan into Action <ul><li>Vision Partners— Any organization, business, civic group, government entity, individuals, church etc. that volunteers to collaborate with other community members to implement the Vision Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Vision Partners make the individual objectives reality </li></ul>
  12. 12. Vision Partners <ul><li>Vision Partners will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt individual objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Form strategic alliances where appropriate with other partners to support the implementation of objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create strategy benchmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop action steps to accomplish the objective and meet the strategy benchmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Request and allocate resources for implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generate progress reports </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Vision Alliances <ul><li>When individuals/organizations (Vision Partners) come together to support the implementation of at least one objective </li></ul><ul><li>An organized approach to developing partnerships without creating another bureaucracy </li></ul>
  14. 14. Vision Partners & Citizens <ul><li>Vision Partners and citizens complete the objectives in the Vision Plan. The Implementation Team provides the process, guidance, and support </li></ul><ul><li>A goal in creating healthier communities is to develop citizens who are mutually accountable for what happens in our community, and will get engaged in the ongoing process of bringing about change in our community life. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Accomplishments 2008-2009 <ul><li>Vision Partnership with United Way Community Impact Task Forces on Education, and Financial Stability </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraged City of Easley to develop a new downtown park with water feature </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted bike/walkway plans & funding for Easley </li></ul><ul><li>Assist City of Pickens with local vision process and identity </li></ul><ul><li>Visited several small business incubators in adjoining states to learn benefits and resources for starting here </li></ul>
  16. 16. Accomplishments 2010 <ul><li>Helped initiate Pickens, Anderson & Oconee counties leaders & citizens with equine interest to create new non-profit to promote equestrian economic benefits & attract new class of events </li></ul><ul><li>Started e-mail newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibiting at local county festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbied for inclusion of Vision 2025 objectives in Pickens County Comprehensive Plan, with over 50 Vision Plan objectives in June draft </li></ul>
  17. 17. Accomplishments-continued 2010 <ul><li>Joined with Tri-County Tech to work toward creating a 3 county small business incubator. Arranged for key leaders from 3 counties to visit Asheville-Buncombe County Technical College Small Business Incubator July 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Leading collaboration of cultural heritage & art interests, with City of Pickens to apply for government grant leading to more tourism in north Pickens County </li></ul>
  18. 18. Pickens County 2015-2020 <ul><li>What could we become in 7 to 12 years? </li></ul><ul><li>What would we accomplish? </li></ul><ul><li>What would we look like? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Lofts converted from old mills--appeal to young entrepreneurs (PC-19)
  20. 20. Sense of Place-Preserve small town feel (SP-3)
  21. 22. Business Incubator (WC-8)
  22. 23. Asheville-Buncombe County Bus. Incubator July 2010
  23. 24. Our Potential
  24. 25. We should become known as a premier destination in SC (PC-1)
  25. 26. Towns in Pickens County—A Cycling Destination in the Upstate
  26. 27. Walk/cycle Friendly (PC18) Easley is implementing a walk/cycle plan
  27. 28. Build on our community distinctive characteristics (SP-9) Central as railroad attraction
  28. 29. Encourage Affordable Housing (PC-10, 12)
  29. 30. Include an Equestrian Element in recreation & economic options (SP-19)
  30. 31. A economic impact of $63 million in our 3 counties
  31. 32. Meeting of S.C. Upstate Equine Council 2010
  32. 33. What are our Challenges? <ul><li>Better communication and cooperation between county, municipalities </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens have created the Plan, now, get involved to execute the Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen based groups taking action get results--Public-Private Partnerships </li></ul>
  33. 34. Questions? <ul><li>What other nearby counties are engaged in a county-wide vision process? Answer: Greenville, Anderson, Oconee </li></ul><ul><li>How can I get involved? Answer: Sign up as Vision Partner </li></ul>