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BEAUFORT, S.C. (March 24, 2021) – At its annual retreat held March 22-23, City of Beaufort elected officials, administrators, and department managers reviewed the City’s 2020-2022 Strategic Plan, its short-term and longer-term capital projects, and an early draft of a new Comprehensive Plan.
The retreat, at the Best Western Sea Island Inn in downtown Beaufort, was the first held under the new tenure of Mayor Stephen Murray and with new Councilmen Neil Lipsitz and Mitch Mitchell. Councilmen Phil Cromer and Mike McFee, veterans of the Strategic Plan process, also attended.
Mayor Murray said that he viewed the City’s responsibilities through the prism of today – quality and value-driven services to City residents and others, and tomorrow. “How do we shape the change that is coming,” he asked.
The City’s Strategic Plan covers four key areas: Economic Development & Innovation; A Safe & Vibrant City; Growth & Natural Resources; and Organizational Excellence. During the retreat, the plan was tweaked to add some new initiatives and remove those that had been accomplished.
Among the accomplishments since July 1, 2020:
Additionally, staff in Community and & Economic Development Department made advances in streamlining development application processes and reviews, and providing training to members of various boards such as Design Review Board and Historic District Review Board. Human Resources staff began customer service training for new employees. New communications initiatives were launched, including a City page of the NextDoor social media application, and a reformatted monthly newsletter.
Charlie Barrineau, field services manager at the Municipal Association of South Carolina, facilitated the retreat.
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