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City Council members share vision for Lincolnton’s future

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer
Lincolnton’s City Council gathered for a special called meeting Wednesday, with members holding their first Strategic Planning Meeting of the fiscal year.
At a City Council meeting earlier this summer, council members expressed an interest in developing a strategic plan or vision for the city’s future, setting specific, measurable goals for the city to achieve over the next few years.
According to City Clerk Donna Flowers, the last strategic planning sessions held by City Council were in the early 1990s.
During this meeting, City Council members, along with several city department heads, shared visions on what they believed would need to be accomplished. At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees had developed a list of four overarching initiatives they would like to accomplish with this strategic plan. These included:

Developing a Downtown Lincolnton and Main Street vision, focusing on improving local nightlife and attracting new businesses, while maintaining and supporting current businesses.
Working toward a “customer-focused, cost-efficient and productive city,” with objectives including providing a more interactive and user-friendly website for the city, obtaining feedback from local businesses and researching health insurance options for city employees.
Creating a comprehensive Industrial Recruitment plan, which would research potential future industrial park locations within the city, as well as talking with district legislators about the inadequacies of the state’s tier system regarding to available incentives.
Developing a Human Relations Council to promote diversification in the city’s workforce, along with identifying methods to communicate more efficiently and effectively with citizens and county officials.

With a broad outline of the initiatives the city hopes to accomplish, City Council members have requested City Manager Jeff Emory and city staff to reach out to a strategic planning consultant for assistance in refining their initiatives and developing a feasible timeline for the future strategic plan. From there, the council hopes to create committees to allow for citizen input.
City Council will next meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4 at City Hall for a regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Pick up a copy of the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Lincoln Times-News for more details.

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