MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Better jobs, a better economy, and better public safety; those are some of the goals of local leaders. Now, a new strategic planning initiative could take the public's point of view into account when working towards those goals.
The conversation opened Wednesday during a meeting with leaders from Horry and Georgetown counties. The idea is to change the way things are done, looking for public input.
“I've always said ‘failing to plan is planning to fail' and we want to get ahead of it,” explained Mark Lazarus, the Horry County Council Chairman.
Getting ahead to move ahead. It is one reason leaders from Horry and Georgetown counties decided to bring in an outside force for planning problems. They are looking for advice from David Vehaun, Rock Hill City Manager.
During his presentation, Vehaun explained his city was able to turn around a steep economic downfall by putting this strategic planning process in place.
“This process really gives citizens input to guide us into what expectations are,” agreed Sel Hemingway, the Georgetown County Administrator.
To break it down, the plan would take your opinions into account. Starting with surveys asking how you feel about issues such as taxes, education, and safety. It would then compare that date to other cities.
“So that the things that you want to see done in your community are actually being put into place,” shared Vehaun.
It will also target areas for growth, such as sports tourism.
“That's hotels, that's restaurants, that's a critical part of our plan,” explained Vehaun.
Collaboratively, Lazarus explained, coastal cities and local leaders are already working together. This strategic planning method would mesh all of those goals into one major plan.