By Emily Banks Wooten
As of Tuesday afternoon, there had been 257 responses to the countywide survey that went live Sept. 11. Of those, 193 were resident surveys, 29 were business surveys and 35 were elected official/government staff surveys. While that may be a good start, additional input is sought.
Due to the overwhelming growth Polk County has experienced in recent years, the Polk County Commissioners Court approved entering into a strategic planning process that is a collaborative effort aimed at developing a comprehensive countywide strategic plan. Once developed, this plan will serve as a roadmap to guide the collective vision and goals for Polk County. It will outline the aspirations, priorities and strategies to enhance various aspects of the community, including economic growth, public services, infrastructure development and more.
The collaboration is between Polk County, the Polk County Economic Development Corporation and the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce.
There are three distinct surveys being used to gather insight from residents, local business owners and entrepreneurs, and elected officials and government staff members. The Polk County Strategic Planning Committee recognizes the importance of involving all stakeholders in the planning process to ensure a well-rounded and inclusive strategy. The surveys have been carefully crafted to capture perspectives from different points of view, to help understand the unique needs, aspirations and priorities of the diverse community.
All county residents are encouraged to participate in the survey to share thoughts on various aspects of the community. From public services and recreational opportunities to transportation and environmental concerns, the survey results will contribute to a well-rounded strategic plan that enhances the quality of life for everyone.
Each survey is designed to be quick and easy to complete, taking just a few minutes to complete. Participants are welcome to take one or all three surveys, depending on their unique viewpoints and interests. Input will help create a strategic plan that truly reflects the aspirations of the entire community.
For those who may not have access to a computer, Priscilla Emrich, director of the Livingston Municipal Library, has agreed to provide stations for community members to complete the survey. Livingston Municipal Library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It is located at 707 N. Tyler Ave. in Livingston.
For additional information about the strategic planning process, please visit the website at https://www.co.polk.tx.us/page/polk.county.news.