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Participation sought in countywide surveys o strategically plan for the future

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By Emily Banks Wooten
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surveyThe Polk County Commissioners Court earlier this year approved entering into a strategic planning process, citing the overwhelming growth the county is experiencing and the need to plan for the future. The strategic planning process is ongoing and is a collaborative effort between the county, the Polk County Economic Development Board and the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

John Tarver is president and executive director of the Polk County Economic Development Board and has served in this capacity for the last nine months. During his time in this position, he has met with numerous Polk Countians to glean what community members consider to be the county’s strengths and weaknesses.

Three different online surveys for community stakeholders were launched Sept. 11 to assist in gathering this information and everyone is encouraged to participate to have their voice heard. The surveys may be found at www.co.polk.tx.us/page/polk.county.news.

The surveys take less than three minutes to complete, yet the results will ultimately influence policy, enhance the quality of life and drive economic growth because the results will be used to develop a roadmap to guide the collective vision and goals for Polk County. The results will outline the aspirations, priorities and strategies to enhance various aspects of the community, including economic growth, public services, infrastructure development and more.

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.

The surveys will continue to be available online through Nov. 7

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