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					         Iredell 2025

Prism of Opportunity Providing a
  Gateway to All Stages of Life
County Commission Presentation
      December 19, 2006
Agenda

 Overall Process and Plan
 Goal Area Discussions and
  Presentations
 Implementation Issues




                              2
     The Process
                         Task                       When
Task 1 - Steering Committee Meeting          August 23

Task 2 - Information Gathering               August - September

Task 3 – Initial Planning Group Workshop     September 27 - 28

Task 4 - Goal Area Task Force Workshops      October 17 - 26

Task 5 – Planning Group Follow-Up Workshop   November 14


Task 6: County Commission Update             December 19

Task 7: County Commission Retreat            February 24
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Steering Committee

   Jonathan Byers
   Bill Newell
   Vaughn Sprinkle
   Cecil Stallard
   Jane Testerman



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Planning Group
   Don Bartell, Retired               Glen Lindemann. Retired            Cecil Stallard, Transportation
    Executive - IBM & Bank of           CEO Scott Technologies &            Logistics, Residential
    America                             Resident                            Custom Building, Statesville
   Jonathan Byers, Retired            Kenny Miller, Ed.D., Director       City Council
    Teacher                             of Plant Operations, Iredell-      Jessie Summers, Retired
   James Cartner, Veterinarian         Statesville Schools                 Elementary School Teacher /
    Small and Large animals            Lisa Miller, Early College          Church & Community
   Donna Corriher, Community           Program Principal at Mitchell       Volunteer
    Experience Specialist,              Community College                  Jane Testerman, Retired
    Lowe's YMCA                        Wayne Miller, Retired School        Professor Emeritus UNC
   Laura Ferguson, Real Estate         Assistant. Superintendent,          Charlotte, Former
    Agent for Allen Tate                Real Estate                         Superintendent MGSD
   Cyndi Godfrey, Godfrey             James T. (Teddy) Millsaps,         Destiny Tsumas, Real Estate
    Lumber Company, Inc                 Retired high school principal      Reggie Weisner, Prison
   Thurman Houston,                    and rental property                 Superintendent
    Mooresville Town Board             Thurman Houston, Board             Ruth Wells, Retired School
   Roger Hyatt, Interim Director       Member Town of Mooresville          Teacher – Museum Board –
    of Mitchell Community              William F “Bill” Newell, Jr.,       Various Community Projects
    College, Mooresville Center         Consulting Engineer & Local        Susan Wolff, Volunteer
   Vickie Kidd, Construction Co.       Businessman                         Coordinator, Lowe's YMCA
    and Realty Co. Co-Owner &          Mike Smith, Greater
    Developer                           Statesville Development
                                        Corp.


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    Vision and Values
Vision
 Prism of Opportunity Providing a Gateway to All
  Stages of Life

Values
   Good moral base (that reflects mutual respect, equity for all,
    religion, and “southern hospitality”)
   Importance of education (academic, arts, and recreation)
   Public safety and health
   Support for agriculture
   Environmental sensitivity
   Encouragement of business and commerce
   Cultural enrichment
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Mission

   To be recognized as a
     leading county that
    provides exceptional
opportunities and enhances
  the quality of life for all.


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Goals Areas

 Land Use/Environment
 Economic Vitality
 Transportation
 Collaborative Government
 Education/Culture/Recreation
 Comprehensive Health Care
 Public Safety
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Goal Area Workshop Process
   Workshop of diverse groups of Iredell County
    citizens to address:
       Goal
       Obstacles
       Most Important Current Activities
       Critical Success Factors
       Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats and
        Opportunities
       Measures of Success
       Strategies
       Implementation Issues

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 Land Use/
Environment

              10
Participants

   Vaughn Sprinkle, Chair
   Rex Bell
   Laura Ferguson
   Nancy Keith
   Vickie Kidd
   Harry Myers
   Mark Needham
   Frank Templeton
   Reggie Weisner
   Alan Williams
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Goal

To balance the land use plans through
 collaborative efforts between Iredell
    County and the municipalities.

Comments:
   •   Better managed growth is essential to preserve and enhance the
       quality of life in Iredell County
   •   Agriculture is very important in Iredell County



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 Land Use/Environment Strategies
                                                                  Key Implementing
                          Strategy                                  Organization
1. Create a coordinating group of leaders from the County and    County Commission
   municipalities to provide leadership in land use and to       and Municipalities
   discuss and resolve community-wide issues.
2. Research, benchmark and adopt best practices from the top     Newly formed
   two or three communities that have successfully faced         coordinating group
   similar growth challenges, with consideration of funding
   issues.
3. Assure that all land use plans tie together and are           Newly formed
   consistent with the County’s economic development,            coordinating group
   transportation, education, environmental, and other quality
   of life goals and protect the County’s agricultural
   community.
4. Control growth until infrastructure catches up with           County and
   population and consider buying land in advance of growth.     Municipalities
5. Communicate land-use plans and their importance to the        Newly formed
   public.                                                       coordinating group
6. Conduct bi-annual summit to review overall plans and          Newly formed
   progress and to suggest corrective action.                    coordinating group
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Economic Vitality


                14
Participants

   Cecil Stallard, Chair
   Don Bartell
   Brad Howard
   Melanie O’Connell Underwood
   Kenny Miller
   Wayne Miller
   Ray Rabe
   C. Michael Smith
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Goal

 To achieve sustained, balanced, and
diversified commercial, industrial, and
 residential growth consistent with a
   changing economic environment
Comments:
   •   It is essential to grow and maintain balance
   •   It is a risk if residential increases too quickly in comparison to
       industrial and commercial development
   •   Iredell County should take full advantage of State initiatives

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Economic Vitality Strategies
                                                                       Key Implementing
                            Strategy                                     Organization
1. Support efforts of and enhance collaboration between economic       EDCs and Chambers
   development corporations and Chambers relating to
   recruitment, retention, expansion, and agri-business.
2. Use zoning to influence economic development efforts.               County and
                                                                       municipalities
3. Create public/private partnerships and determine funding to         EDCs, County,
   create sites for buildings.                                         municipalities, and
                                                                       business groups
4. Support educational efforts to enhance work force development,      School Boards, Mitchell
   explore opportunities resulting from potential labor availability   C.C., and County
   created by automotive manufacturer cutbacks, and
   communicate existing Mitchell C.C. programs.
5. Build on NASCAR, motorsports suppliers, and Lowes presence in       EDCs and Chambers
   the County.
6. Identify and pursue opportunities in emerging industries in         EDCs and Chambers
   which Iredell County has a competitive advantage such as
   alternative energy (and other agricultural related opportunities)
   and Life Sciences (as Kannapolis project progresses).
7. Create a Task Force to consider and, if appropriate, to             County Commission to
   champion the establishment or recruitment of a four year            appoint
   college.                                                                                      17
Transportation


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    Participants


   Don Bartell,        Teddy Millsaps
    Chair               Wally Riddle
   Alan Boyce          Terry Taylor
   Chris Dawes         Destiny Tsumas
   Bjorn Hansen        Harry Tsumas
   Vickie Kidd         Steve Warren
   Glen Lindemann


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 Goal

       To provide a transportation
infrastructure to support the growth of
   Iredell County communities in an
 efficient and environmentally friendly
                 manner
Comment:
This goal must be achieved to positively impact economic
development, citizen satisfaction, and overall quality of life the
citizens desire


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Transportation Strategies
                                                                       Key Implementing
                             Strategy                                    Organization

1. Establish a Task Force to explore new sources of funding and       County Commission to
   revenue such as bonds, special tax districts, grants and others;   appoint the Task Force
   to identify funding opportunities for alternative transportation
   (Federal funds or others); and to support transportation issues.   Transportation Advisory
                                                                      Board
2. Strengthen lobbying efforts to enhance Iredell's transportation    County Commission
   interests at the State, regional and local levels.

3. Obtain strategic highway corridor designation for Highway 150      County and
   (use NC 73 as a model)                                             Municipalities
4. Ensure transportation plans are integrated with land use plans     County and
   and are understood down to the lowest level of relevant
   organizations.                                                     Municipalities

5. Publicize and build public support for transportation issues       Task Force
   through community action, media, public education and other
   public communication.



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Collaborative
Government

                22
Participants

   Bill Newell, Chair
   Anna Bonham
   Donna Corriher
   Rick Dowdle
   Cheryl Mendenhall



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Goal

   To enhance cooperation among
 governmental entities to develop and
   maintain similar ordinances and
     policies, whenever possible
Comments:
   •   Currently schools, police, fire, libraries are collaborating effectively to
       control cost and provide enhanced service.
   •   Additional effort is needed in zoning and land-use.



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Collaborative Government Strategies

                                                                  Key
                        Strategy                             Implementing
                                                              Organization
 1. Obtain support from key opinion leaders from all        Strategic Planning
    parts of the County to get behind the effort to         Group
    enhance collaboration and communicate historical
    successes and their impact.
 2. Involve key elected officials and municipal             County and
    management to quantify benefits, develop priorities,    municipal leaders
    create “buy-in” for the concept and provide direction
    to the leadership group, building on their current
    meetings and efforts.
 3. Appoint a liaison group that reports to the             County and
    respective senior management of the County and          municipal leaders
    municipalities to monitor collaboration efforts,
    resolve problems, evaluate results (especially
    relating to land use and zoning), mobilize common
    efforts at State level, and publicize results and
    benefits of collaboration.
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Education/Culture
   /Recreation

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Participants

   Jane Testerman, Chair    Sherry Klepfer
   Don Breedlove            Walter Klepfer
   Jim Calabrese
                             Kenny Miller
   John Dodson
   William Findt            Lisa Miller
   Jane Getsinger           Ralph Phifer
   Devry Gibbs              Jessie Summers
   Theresa Golas            Virginia Wagner
   Roger Hyatt
                             Steve Young
   Brenda Joyner


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Goal

      To excel in providing diverse
educational, cultural, and recreational
opportunities that enhance the quality
 of life for all Iredell County residents
Comments:
This is a very high priority for the future of Iredell County
Education, culture, and recreation are important components of the
educational environment
Achieving this goal will have a positive impact on all segments of
the population, not just young people
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Education/Culture/Recreation
Strategies

                                                                          Key Implementing
                              Strategy                                      Organization

1. Increase funding for education, cultural arts, and parks &            County Commission
   recreational facilities and opportunities through tax revenue,
   supplemented by additional sources such as public/private             and leaders of agencies
   partnerships, grants, corporate funds, and others.                    and groups
2. Continue collaboration efforts of school districts and Mitchell CC    Leaders of three entities
   to build on success already achieved with a focus on
   academics, vocational training, and workforce development.
3. Establish a Task Force to research and benchmark educational,         Representatives from
   cultural, and recreational activities of other communities to         schools and cultural arts
   identify an action plan for development and deployment of
   programs and activities and their funding, and to coordinate          groups
   inter-agency communication.
4. Improve communication and promotion of non-school                     County
   educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities that exist in
   Iredell County, with a comprehensive calendar and appropriate
   publicity.




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Comprehensive
 Public Health

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Participants

   Jonathan Byers, Chair
   Donna Campbell
   Mary Gantt
   Barbara Johnson
   Susan Johnson
   Wayne Miller
   Ray Rabe
   David Swann
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Goal

     To enhance accessibility to
   comprehensive health care for a
 growing population and promotion of
        community wellness
Comments:
   •   The private physicians and hospitals in Iredell County are considered
       excellent and are not specifically addressed by this goal area task
       force
   •   Growth will continue to strain existing health resources


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Comprehensive Health Care
Strategies

                                                            Key Implementing
                        Strategy                              Organization
1. Fund public health commensurate with community           County Commission
   growth and seek grants and additional sources of non-
   tax funds. Use funds to maintain and improve access      County Health
   to needed services.                                      Department
2. Work with the private sector to increase their           County Health
   involvement in prevention education and wellness         Department
   programs (especially large employers).
                                                            Chambers of
                                                            Commerce
3. Enhance access for growing under-served population       County Health
   including non-English speaking, poor, elderly, etc.      Department

4. Increase County-wide communication of public health      County Health
   issues and disease prevention.                           Department
5. Continue and enhance education and training for public   County Health
   health personnel.                                        Department
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Public Safety


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Participants

   Jonathan Byers, Chair
   Terry Beck
   David Cloer
   William Conrad
   David Hinson
   Ronny Thompson
   Paul Webster
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Goal

To provide effective public safety and
 enhance accessibility to emergency
  services for a growing population,
    with good cooperation among
        governmental entities
Comments:
   •   Must maintain safe lawful environment, despite growth
   •   Cooperation between entities has been good and should be
       continued and enhanced


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Public Safety Strategies

                                                                Key Implementing
                         Strategy                                 Organization
1. Assure funding that enables public safety to keep up         County Commission
   with growth in terms of trained paid personnel,
   equipment, facilities, etc.                                  Municipal governing
                                                                Boards
2. Maintain quality personnel and equipment with quality        Agencies
   hiring, appropriate pay, effective training, and well-
   maintained equipment.
3. Assure that growth is “public safety friendly” in terms of   County Commission
   water pressure, roads, fire department locations, etc.
   Require developers to support this effort as part of         Municipal governing
   approval process.                                            Boards
4. Create inter-agency group to address important and           Agencies
   emerging public safety issues such as gang violence,
   teen crime, drugs, disaster recovery, threat of
   terrorism, inter-agency communications, public
   communication, and others.


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Communications Strategy
   Iredell County Commission
        December Commission Meeting
        Discuss at February Retreat
        Ask for endorsement
   Municipalities
        Ask Mayors to present at Town/City Board meetings
        Ask for endorsement
   Public at large – some ideas
        Press release and press meeting
        Inserts in utility bills
        County and municipal web sites
        Chambers of Commerce web sites
        Strategic framework insert in local newspapers and distributed in
         libraries, civic centers and other public locations
        Educational piece in schools – program for civics classes
        Presentations to community groups
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Implementation Issues
   Keep planning group as a “Standing Committee”
       Assign a member of Steering Committee as chairman
       Assign Tracy Jackson as coordinator
       Periodic implementation review
       Plan updates and revisions
       Hold implementing organizations accountable
   Communicate with and solicit support of implementing
    organizations (governmental and other)
       Acceptance of responsibility
       Implementation plans
   Review ongoing progress and communicate progress to
    the public

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