FROM A SEPTEMBER 18, MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS MEDIA RELEASE — On Wednesday, September 18th Grey Highlands’ Council approved the Municipality’s 2019- 2023 Strategic Plan that will guide decision-making over the next four years.
Built on a philosophy of innovation and forward thinking, the Plan is the result of months of extensive conversation with residents, businesses, Council members and Municipal staff. The engagement process included public meetings, workshops, and even an opportunity for residents to indicate what’s important to them by putting their “Grey Highlands money” on ideas and priorities that they felt should be the focus of the next four years.
Beginning with a vision to be Canada’s most inspired and well-managed rural community, and a mission of providing innovative leadership, the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, entitled [re]IMAGINE Grey Highlands identifies the most important priorities for the community under five strategic pillars: Considerate Communities; Healthy Lifestyle; Respected Environment; Strong Governance; and Vibrant Economy.
According to Grey Highlands Mayor, Paul McQueen, “Our Municipality is undergoing an important transition, moving forward to a time of economic renewal and growth. It is vital that we take advantage of this opportunity to make the necessary investments to support the community building that is now underway.”
In keeping with Council’s recent declaration of a climate crisis, the 2019 Strategic Plan is a digital document, that will be updated to indicate successes and accomplishments, and will include a green thermometer on items that specifically support our commitment to environmental concerns.
The Plan was intentionally designed to be a living document. Karen Mills, Interim CAO, reaffirmed this commitment by stating, “We have designed this Plan to ensure accountability and will actively review, update and report back through the document itself. We will include links to projects and initiatives, will be changing photos and images, and commit to an annual report to Council and residents that will hold us all accountable to success.”
The Grey Highlands’ 2019-2023 Strategic Plan is proudly a forward-thinking approach that will guide the Municipality in ensuring a strong, resilient and sustainable community for today’s residents and for generations into the future.
The 2019-2023 Strategic Plan will be prominently highlighted on the Grey Highlands website, and we encourage residents to follow our progress and help us plan for the future we all know is possible.
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