1. Ensure Fiscal Strength and Sustainability
Update our Economic Development Strategy to spur growth and raise income tax revenue by 3% or more annually. While the economic development strategies of the past served the City well, the changing economy, future of work and workforce, and rapid changes in technology make it imperative that we chart a new course for the City’s economic development strategy. Our new strategy will rely on sound objective and subjective data to understand where we are now, how we compare regionally & nationally and opportunities and objectives to be pursued as we move forward.
2. Become the Most Connected Community in the U.S
Pursue pilots to find viable solutions to deliver broadband access and smart city capabilities to all our businesses and residents. Accessible, reliable and high speed/high capacity broadband capabilities are vital to the City’s economic future and smart city initiatives, along with current and future resident needs. Efforts must be undertaken to evaluate and pursue options to provide for connection throughout the City in both residential and commercial areas.
3. Innovate and Enhance City Services Using Big Data and Better Analytics
Capture the economic and operational improvement opportunities now possible through data and data analytics. Ensure privacy, security, and transparency. Big data will soon drive the future of sound decision making, predictive analytics and smart city initiatives, all of which can result in providing better services and safety to our community. The advantages of big data must also take into account the challenges associated with security and privacy. Policies and tactics related to these various aspects will need to be developed and implemented.
Executing on these goals will involve a high level of input from City Council and a series of Council Work Sessions for Council discussion of each to set a strategy, provide ongoing opportunities for input and discussion, and to monitor progress. A proposed schedule of Work Sessions related to each of these visionary goals is attached to this report. This schedule is intended to be updated as needed to respond to progress and challenges of each goal and availability of Council.
Find out more: 2019 Council Retreat Report