Issue Action Updates

Greater Quality of Life

Posted on: August 1, 2014
Tags: Greater quality of life

Ideal End State Elements

 1. Elected Officials and Community and Business Leaders work regularly with Citizen groups to identify and champion the key elements of high quality of life.

2. Community leadership programs are engaged with citizens, business and government groups across the region in setting goals, strategies and action plans to improve Quality of Life.

3. Required resources to support improvement of key Quality of Life elements are identified and allocated to support actions.

4. Zoning policies are developed collaboratively with citizens and business groups, integrated with transportation and energy infrastructure group plans and actions, to achieve overall Quality of Life goals.

5. Access to education, quality of education, and safety of communities are all considered strong assets across the region.



Key Action Steps

1. Collect data from third party reviews to benchmark how Quality of Life elements are ranked in priority, both inside and from outside the region, and to quantify how our regions are evaluated both inside and from outside the region, including potential business investment groups.

2. Align Economic Development and Infrastructure Development priorities plans and actions with the goals of improving and preserving high rankings in key Quality of Life elements.

3. Identify benchmark locations outside of region to use as best practice comparisons for key Quality of Life elements.

4. Develop a plan to understand the disconnect between the desires and expectations of citizens versus the priorities and actions of government.

5. Identify community Quality of Life champions across the region.



Issue Action Group Working Session -- September 22, 2015

Specific Tactical Action Steps:

1. Immediate Focus is Drug Addiction

      •  Needs for Outcomes

             >   Connect families of addicts with each other and with resources to help

             >   Get Schools more involved with education programs using real people, real stories

             >   Define community groups to contact

  • Find out what programs are offered in the counties in the jail system to help people avoid falling back to drug use

  • Find out what support groups are there for the families

  • Get support program information out to the public

2. Actions

  • Reach out to police, judges, and mayors and ask about their programs, what are they doing, what are the gaps. What help is needed.

  • Find out if they know the programs within the other counties, what are the gaps, what collaboration or sharing of “best practices” exists. What help is needed.


2016 Summit Update

Members – Michael McNamara, Katy Markey, Kathleen Blake, Bill Thornton, Rebeka Hamilton, Mark Ralls, Melissa Hershner, Leslie Wallace, Annette Landesman, Marlene Esseck, Melissa Satchwell

Updates to Action Steps

(a)  List Obstacles before Action Steps, after End States.  

(b)  Get input from Millennials about needs, preferences, special events to include their input and involvement.