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Statesville City Council Approves Five-Year Strategic Plan

From Iredell Free News

The Statesville City Council has unanimously approved a strategic plan that will help shape the city’s policies and funding priorities during the next five years.

The plan was developed over the past eight months during a series of 10 meetings, many of which were facilitated by Centralina Regional Council staff members. It was approved during the August 21 council meeting.

The 2023-2028 strategic plan includes a vision, mission and core values:

♦ Statesville will be a vibrant regional center that provides a higher quality of life for ALL.

City of Statesville will serve with integrity, provide sound resource management, and equitably deliver high-quality public services.

Core Values
♦ We Value City Staff
♦ We Value Engagement
♦ We Value & Encourage Opportunity
♦ We Value Integrity
♦ We Value Quality & Creativity

During the final workshop meeting before council approved the final plan, City Manager Ron Smith said the administrative team would use the document as a guide for determining the city’s priorities in the coming months and years.

“It’s up to us to put this into practice,” Smith said. “We’re going to live by this.”

The strategic plan will give staff a clear idea of what is important to the council and city residents.

The document includes three primary goals:

Goal No. 1: Developing Our Team
The City of Statesville recognizes that its employees are its most valuable asset and resource for realizing the city’s vision. Capable and professional employees are essential for delivering high-quality customer service and managing the long-term needs of the community.

Goal No. 2: Connecting Our City
The City of Statesville strives to provide high-quality services and utilities for today’s needs, while also planning for the future needs of residents, businesses, and industry.

Goal No. 2: Connecting Our Communities
The City of Statesville supports vibrant communities and safe neighborhoods for employment, recreation, engagement, and housing.

The city manager expressed his appreciation to the city staff and council members for their work on the new strategic plan.

Residents also contributed their ideas by participating in an online survey at the beginning of the process.

“We heard what you had to say, and this is the end result,” Smith said.