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Posted on: February 20, 2023

Community encouraged to take survey, share priorities for New Hanover County’s Strategic Plan

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Feedback from the community is now being collected as part of the development process for New Hanover County’s next five-year Strategic Plan.

Through March 6, residents are invited to complete an online survey, designed to gather community input about what some of the most pressing issues and priorities are throughout New Hanover County.

“The county’s first two strategic plans laid an important framework for how we planned for the future and what our goals were in moving our county forward,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Bill Rivenbark. “As we begin to look at our goals for the next five years, we want our residents to share their input so their voices can be part of that plan. We need to understand what’s truly important for each person, so the county can dedicate the right resources and have the right guide in place to help everyone in our community.”

New Hanover County’s first Strategic Plan was developed in 2012 and then refreshed in 2018. The three main areas of focus for those plans were intelligent growth and economic development, superior education and workforce, and superior public health and safety. A report on the strides made as part of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan can be viewed here.

The new strategic plan is expected to be adopted by the Board of Commissioners in June of this year and will guide how the county conducts business and prioritizes resources through Fiscal Year 2028. Under the guidance of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, information will be gathered from this community survey, as well as county employees and community partners to help shape the plan’s priorities and areas of focus. 

The online survey can be completed here, and paper versions are available at the Government Center, the Senior Resource Center, all New Hanover County Public Library locations, and New Hanover County Health and Human Services (paper versions can be completed on site and turned into staff). The survey is being offered in English or Spanish.

For more on the previous strategic plan or to learn about the work of the county’s Office of Strategy, click here.  

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