Everything from economic development to community partnerships is coming into the spotlight in Fluvanna County following a two-day retreat aimed at improving the county's future.
Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Mozell Booker says the goal is for the board to complete four initiatives in two years or less.
A major goal is creating county revenue without a tax hike. Booker says supervisors will be number crunching over the next two years to do just that.
"We know that we have a lot of debt and we need to use that money wisely. We need to look for grants to fund other things we want to do,” said Booker.
Booker says the board plans to work closely with businesses. By helping owners improve their business, the county benefits too, she says.
Raising county dollars through tourism is another goal. Booker says the board is considering an amphitheater and a new farm museum. It would be complete with antique tractors, tools and farming equipment donated by a Fluvanna man.
Booker says she wants the county to lean on the skillful people living there. Five people - all living in different districts - have been gathering each week and looking at potential county investments.
"They threw scenarios into this instrument, well maybe we'll have two hotels or you know if this business comes in, what will be the return on investment,” said Booker.
Another goal on the list? Good governance.
Booker says the board will focus working hand-in-hand with community members and maintaining a good stream of conversation. This includes working closely with the Chamber of Commerce.
In order to stay on track with their goals, the board put together an action plan of how to complete each initiative. An annual report will be released halfway through to update the community on where the goals stand.
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