Economic development, council meeting times and video sweepstakes up for discussion at City Council retreat

  • Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 1:22 a.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2013 1:23 a.m.

SALISBURY — Economic development, council meeting times, video sweepstakes and other hot-button issues will take center stage this week at City Council’s annual retreat.

Following a tradition started by former City Manager David Treme, the council will hold its 28th Annual Future Directions and Goal Setting Conference Thursday and Friday at the Rowan Museum.

Council uses the two-day strategic planning event to set long-term goals for the coming year and beyond. Members will also use information presented at the retreat to set the annual budget this spring.

With the theme Raising the Sail, the retreat is open to the public. The agenda includes:

8:15 a.m. Opening remarks Mayor Paul Woodson, invocation City Clerk Myra Heard

8:30 a.m. Opening video Raising the Sail, City Manager Doug Paris

8:45 a.m. One-Stop Development Shop: Progress and Implementation Update, Preston Mitchell, Janet Gapen

9:15 a.m. Enhanced and Expanded Marketing Efforts by RowanWorks Economic Development, Robert Van Geons

9:45 a.m. Break
10 a.m. Downtown: Vision, Investment, Progress by Mark Lewis

10:30 a.m. Completion and Connection: Implementing the Tourism Master Plan, Krista Osterweil, Bill Burgin and James Meacham

11 a.m. Council discussion
11:30 a.m. Move to City Hall

Noon luncheon (reservation required)

Solutions and Service: Exceeding Expectations in Building Permitting by Pete Bogle, Rowan County Building Code Enforcement director

1:15 p.m. Return to Rowan Museum

1:45 p.m. Council meeting times, Myra Heard

2:15 p.m.Break
2:30 p.m. Fund balance review, John Sofley, Teresa Harris

3 p.m. Video sweepstakes operators: Status of Online Gaming, Preston Mitchell, Patty Shuping

3:30 p.m. Young lungs at play, Amy Smith, Jeff Jones

4 p.m. Project SAFE Update, Rory Collins

4:30 p.m. Discussion and wrap up, Paris

8:30 a.m. Call to order and invocation

8:45 a.m. Salisbury Youth Council update, Maggie Blackwell, Milena Sifuentes

9:15 a.m. Citizen Academy, Lana Hygh with the town of Cary, Zack Kyle, Myra Heard

10:15 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. Creating Sustainable Communities in an Era of Economic Uncertainty, Dr. James H. Johnson Jr. of UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School

11:30 a.m. Move to City Hall
Noon luncheon (reservations required)

Disruptive Demographics: Implications for Workforce Planning and Development, Dr. James H. Johnson Jr. of UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School

1:30 p.m. Move to Rowan Museum

2 p.m. Financial state of the city, John Sofley, Teresa Harris

2:15 p.m. Review council’s 2012-2013 outcomes and goals

3 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Reflection and development of a one-year tactical plan

4 p.m. Session wrap-up and exit interview, Warren Miller

4:30 p.m.Adjournment
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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