Bridge Street, Business Outreach, Sense of Community Top List of Priorities for Dublin City Council
Each year, Dublin City Council reviews goals set the previous year and updates priorities, which are then used to guide Council and the Administration in budgeting and programming initiatives.
Understanding the importance of workforce development, Dublin City Council expanded its business outreach goal for 2013-2014 to include collaboration with educational institutions in order to stimulate more business expansion and attraction in the City.
Council again cited the need to develop a 21st century learning environment, implement the Bridge Street District vision and tell the Dublin story through branding.
Additional goals for the coming year are to identify the unique qualities that attract people to Dublin and capitalize on them, and create a gathering place where Dublin residents can enjoy artistic experiences.
Initiatives achieved that had been part of the 2012-2013 City Council Goals include creating a community culture of health, wellness and work/life balance for those who live and work in Dublin, building on the City’s practice of shared services, and designing and implementing a city-wide training and professional development program.
For the coming year, Council reaffirmed the five strategic focus areas of fiscal health and economic vitality; livable, sustainable and safe; civic engagement; public services and infrastructure; and smart, customer-focused government.
2013 – 2014 Strategic Focus Areas
Fiscal Health & Economic Vitality
Policy: The City ensures its financial security through the implementation and coordination of sound fiscal policies; carefully balanced land planning reflecting sound land use principles; forward investing in infrastructure development; and a continuous focus on successful economic development programs.
Liveable, Sustainable and Safe
Policy: The City supports a Liveable, Sustainable and Safe community by encouraging community pride and facilitating a high level of quality of life for citizens by planning and emphasizing public safety, innovative programs, community wellness and extraordinary amenities.
Policy: The City creates a participatory environment for the active engagement of residents and community stakeholders by promoting proactive and ongoing communication; providing opportunities for citizens to utilize their talents and skills to benefit the community; and encouraging citizen education and interactions with the City and other organizations in order to foster pride and ownership in the community.
Public Services and Infrastructure
Policy: The City provides appropriately designed, well maintained and robust public infrastructure systems. Additionally, the City provides exemplary public services delivered in a manner to ensure an extraordinary quality of life. Infrastructure and services are provided in a cost-effective manner to meet the needs and expectations of residents, businesses, visitors and other stakeholders. These systems and services are created and implemented through a process of thoughtful prioritization with broad community input.
Smart, Customer-focused Government
Policy: The City maximizes its financial and human resources to execute the responsibilities of local government and to achieve established goals. The City is accountable and responsive to the needs and the desires of the community by employing outcome-based management systems; evaluating best practices of other high-performing organizations; and working collaboratively with other public entities to provide efficient, responsive and innovative local government, including, when appropriate, a focus on shared-service delivery and strategic partnerships.
2013-2014 City Council Goals
Goal 1. Engage leaders of business, government and education systems to better understand business needs, challenges and opportunities to optimize Dublin’s business climate. Collaborate with public schools, vocational schools, higher education, and private learning centers to provide local and prospective business and industry clusters with a relevant and ready workforce. Partner with local education and business leaders to develop programs to meet the needs of industry, with the objective of growing existing businesses as well as attracting new businesses to the City.
Continue to focus on and pursue international opportunities that support the attraction, growth and development of businesses.
Goal 2. Identify, nurture and build upon the qualities of Dublin that attract, retain, create a sense of pride and bond residents and businesses to the community.
Goal 3. Develop a 21st century learning environment, combining library and educational facilities, which will provide opportunities for lifelong learning, educational synergies and support the City’s economic development, while advancing the community’s quality of life. The City will initiate a site selection process for the facility/facilities and establish a plan for acquisition.
Goal 4. Embrace the vision of true mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods in the Bridge Street District by working with our public and private partners to create a sustainable, safe, vibrant and dynamic mix of land uses, creative open spaces, residential options and signature architecture that attract a diverse population of residents and visitors. Begin implementation of the vision by cooperating in the development of charter projects, establishing gateways at major District entries, and evaluating the creation of entertainment districts.
Goal 5. Develop brand recognition locally, nationally and internationally through key stakeholders land strategic market initiatives. Tell and validate the Dublin experience through engagement of third parties who champion the brand for the advancement of Dublin.
Identify and engage local senior executives in an effort to utilize their influence to promote Dublin as the ideal environment in which to live, work and create.
Goal 6. Create a gathering place where the Dublin community can celebrate creativity in both personal and shared experiences of the arts. Review and consider community models for creating a cultural arts center in Dublin, envisioning a multi-disciplinary complex, an educational resources, a space for popular an innovative performing arts, and an exhibit space for visual artists.
Goal 7. Design and implement a city-wide training and professional development program that reinforces the Dublin brand by ensuring employees have access to the right resources, training and skill improvement opportunities that maximize employee talents, foster a culture of innovation, and promote excellence in customer service through a coordinated, multi-year employee development strategy.