Thurston County Strategic Planning
Thurston County held 3 open-house meetings to take public input on priorities for the county's strategic planning process. The strategic planning process has identified these topic areas:
- Healthy Natural and Built Environment, including: environment, development, roads and infrastructure, and housing
- Thriving Communities, Families, and Individuals, including: social services, homeless housing, public health, and youth and senior services
- Prosperous Economy and Strong Image, including: economic development, tourism, and branding
- Responsive Law, Justice, and Public Safety, including: the Sheriff's Office, Courts, probation services, the Prosecutor's Office, public defense, and the Coroner's Office
- Effective Governance, including: financial sustainability, elections, property assessment, and tax collection
- Effective Organization, including: county workforce, internal communications, information technology, and facilities
The meetings were hosted by BERK Consulting, a consulting company hired by the county, and information and data gathered at the meetings will be compiled and analyzed along with that obtained through previously conducted telephone and online surveys and, reportedly, post these materials online. Further information on that will be posted here as it becomes available.
As you may or may not be aware, Thurston County presently has a very conservative Board of County Commissioners. It is important to maintain awareness of the "strategic plans" being laid out by this commission and how they may or may not comport with the progressive values held by a majority in the county. It seems unlikely, for instance, that it is mere coincidence that 2 of the 3 "community" meetings for citizen input into the strategic planning were held in the southern, more conservative part of the county where less than 1/3 of the population resides (but also 2 of our conservative County Commissioners), and only 1 of the 3 meetings was held in the much more heavily populated northern, urbanized, and generally more liberal area of the county.
More information on the further continuation of the strategic planning process may also be obtained by contacting county spokeswoman Meghan Porter at 360-867-2097 or by email at email@example.com