Strategic Planning

Mission:

Through visionary leadership and good stewardship, we will administer state requirements, ensure public safety, determine County needs and provide services to continually enhance quality of life.

Vision:

Our vision for Cabarrus is a County where our children learn, our citizens participate, our dreams matter, our families and neighbors thrive and our community prospers.

Strategic Priority: Healthy and Safe Community

Goal 1:

Sustain a culture where safety is a shared priority for residents, businesses, employees and visitors.

  • Objective 1: Promote public safety and emergency preparedness by educating stakeholders on the capabilities and functions of government services.
  • Objective 2: Develop resiliency in our community to withstand and recover from events detrimental to public health and safety.
  • Objective 3: Work with public safety, governmental and non-governmental agencies, to provide quality service and improve efficiency.
  • Objective 4: Build community relationships that encourage collaboration, communication, trust and understanding with public safety officers.

Goal 2: 

Improve the physical and mental circumstances of residents by connecting them to community resources to enhance their quality of life.

  • Objective 1: Partner with community organizations/municipalities providing affordable/emergency housing; address homelessness/food insecurity.
  • Objective 2: Promote and educate accessibility and availability of household hazardous waste services.
  • Objective 3: Connect veterans with necessary resources and services.
  • Objective 4: Enhance accessibility of services and programs for people with disabilities.

Goal 3:

Promote and engage quality of life initiatives to foster a healthy and safe community.

  • Objective 1: Collaborate with community members to assess and evaluate mental and physical wellness.
  • Objective 2: Provide opportunities and access for physical activity and nutrition education.
  • Objective 3: Actively partner and recruit behavioral health services and resources specific to our community.
  • Objective 4: Strengthen outreach, communication and education to residents about access to health benefits and services.
  • Objective 5: Ensure early education of youth and parents about mental health, substance abuse and risky behaviors to redirect to better healthy life-balance and wellness choices.

Strategic Priority: Culture and Recreation

Goal 1:

Create a community that recognizes the basic human need for physical and intellectual development.

  • Objective 1: Support and initiate positive methods of expression across diverse communities.
  • Objective 2: Foster collaboration and partnerships to increase personal growth opportunities that support lifelong learning.
  • Objective 3: Support and initiate arts opportunities that reach diverse communities.
  • Objective 4: Ensure programming is inclusive of all people, all abilities and all skill levels.

Goal 2:

Enhance policies, facilities and land to foster diverse cultural and recreational opportunities.

  • Objective 1: Develop a land acquisition plan and determine priorities within that plan.
  • Objective 2: Create an amenities and facilities master plan that incorporates community partner assets.
  • Objective 3: Facilitate strategic partnerships that maximize community resources to accommodate programming demands.
  • Objective 4: Establish a sustainable and reliable funding plan for maintenance and expansion of facilities.

Strategic Priority: Sustainable Growth and Development

Goal 1:

Promote responsible and strategic County-wide growth.

  • Objective 1: Provide community education on zoning and ordinance differences between the County and municipalities.
  • Objective 2: Collaborate with municipalities on long-term plans for infrastructure and growth.
  • Objective 3: Encourage growth in/near municipal limits, for utility availability, and follow Cabarrus County School construction design guidelines.
  • Objective 4: Facilitate collaboration between jurisdictions on land use planning and development.
  • Objective 5: Provide economical solid waste disposal solutions for the future.

Goal 2:

Promote, support and address sustainable open space, forestry practices and farming.

  • Objective 1: Advocate for agriculture through public awareness.
  • Objective 2: Encourage participation of landowners in Present Use Value taxation, open space, and viable agriculture uses of land.
  • Objective 3: Become a role model for sustainability by using native plants, keeping open spaces and wise use of natural resources.

Strategic Priority: A Thriving Economy

Goal 1:

Promote, grow and sustain a diverse economic base through collaborative community partnerships.

  • Objective 1:  Promote government, education, and community incentives for competitive recruitment.
  • Objective 2: Recruit businesses that offer sustainable jobs with competitive wages.
  • Objective 3: Create public awareness and understanding of economic development.

Goal 2:

Invest in opportunities that promote self-sufficiency and empowerment to our current and future workforce.

  • Objective 1: Ensure and improve access to apprenticeships and training programs.
  • Objective 2: Provide transportation to career technical education for high school students.
  • Objective 3: Attract businesses / employers that support skilled labor, On the Job Training, and post-secondary education.
  • Objective 4: Prioritize and improve socio-economic supports and quality of life measures through community partnerships.

Strategic Priority: Transparent and Accountable Government

Goal 1:

Ensure an engaged and accountable workforce to provide exceptional service.

  • Objective 1: Recruit and retain service-minded, innovative, and technically skilled employees.
  • Objective 2: Ensure our workforce is diverse, inclusive and reflective of the community.
  • Objective 3: Offer competitive compensation and benefits to allow employees to thrive.
  • Objective 4: Provide development opportunities to enhance current skill sets, leadership development and succession planning.
  • Objective 5: Increase opportunities for employee engagement and community involvement.

Goal 2:

Perform analysis, forecasting and reporting to ensure effective stewardship of funds and longevity of current and future County assets.

  • Objective 1: Establish, evaluate and follow policies and procedures to safeguard County assets.
  • Objective 2: Utilize fair and equitable methods to assess property values.
  • Objective 3: Improve forecasting of large total cost of ownership expenditures for County owned facilities and equipment.
  • Objective 4: Evaluate current operating expense strategies per square foot.
  • Objective 5: Employ new techniques and strategies to increase efficiency of facility operations.
  • Objective 6: Promote collaboration with stakeholders and management to better understand vision, direction and priorities.
  • Objective 7: Strengthen relationships with partners and customers to better understand needs and expectations.

Goal 3:

Create opportunities for people to see value in the work of County government.

  • Objective 1: Facilitate interactions with respect and professionalism.
  • Objective 2: Educate the community on ways to participate in services, programs and events.
  • Objective 3: Motivate the community to participate in the governmental process.
  • Objective 4: Distribute information that is clear, relevant and timely.
  • Objective 5: Communicate, inform and educate internal and external stakeholders on the allocation of County resources.

Goal 4:

Develop creative technological solutions to support County services.

  • Objective 1: Facilitate data driven decision making using dashboards and targeted measurements.
  • Objective 2: Utilize collaborative technology and shared services.

Approved by the Board of Commissioners, December 16, 2019.

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