by Pam Zubeck
El Paso County wants your help in updating its Strategic Plan that covers the next four years.
Here are the goals:
— Maintain and promote a financially sustainable county government that is transparent and effective.
— Continue to enhance understanding of civic services and promote participation, engagement, and confidence in county government.
— Maintain and improve the county transportation system, facilities, infrastructure, and technology.
— Strive to ensure a safe, secure, and healthy community.
— Consistently support regional economic strength. Included in this goal is doing what's needed to capitalize on the military presence here, including advocating for a military liaison cabinet position in state government, and creating a volunteer committee to explore events and celebrations the county could sponsor to support the military. "Possibilities include competitions (marching bands, boxing, etc.), deployment send-offs, and return parades," the strategic plan states.
According to the county's press release:
The plan will be used by County offices and departments in the development of their respective annual plans. “The plan has been developed through a robust engagement process involving Commissioners, County-Wide Elected Officials, citizens, volunteers and staff,” Commissioner Peggy Littleton said. “The plan helps identify priorities and guides our efforts to provide excellent County services through innovation, collaboration and partnerships.”
A "Lunch and Listen" open house regarding the Strategic Plan update process will be conducted on Wednesday, January 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Aspen Pointe Café located within the El Paso County Citizen Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. The public can purchase lunch at the new Aspen Pointe Café while reviewing proposed updates to the Strategic Plan during this open house event.
· County Office Building (Commissioners Office), 27 E. Vermijo, Colorado Springs
(Commissioner offices will be moved to Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., beginning January 17)
· Citizen Service Center (Clerk and Recorder Office), 1675 West Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs
· County Park Headquarters, 2002 Creek Crossing, Colorado Springs
· Public Services Department, 3275 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs
· Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain
· Pikes Peak Regional Building, 2880 International Circle, Colorado Springs
· El Paso County Fairgrounds, 366 10th Street, Calhan
The proposed strategic plan is the result of elected officlals' and county staff's efforts. Only $600 was spent on outside services. That money went to Peak Surveys to conduct a citizen survey.