The community and economic development roadmap, dubbed OneSpartanburg Vision Plan 2.0, will be designed based on data and survey feedback with goals of increasing the quality of life in the region and the county’s competitiveness on the job, talent and investment fronts, according to a news release.
Selected to develop the plan, Broad Ripple Strategies will lead a 49-person steering committee through four planning phases over a six-month period. Halsey Cook, president and CEO of Milliken; Bruce Holstein, president & CEO of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Geordy Johnson, CEO of Johnson Development Associates, are serving as steering committee co-chairs.
“Thanks to the unwavering support of our investors and partners, Spartanburg has made historic economic progress since the launch of the first Vision Plan in January 2017,” Allen Smith, president and CEO of One Spartanburg Inc., said in the release. “However, economic development efforts are longer term in nature – even generational. Under the leadership of the executive board, OneSpartanburg Vision Plan 2.0 co-chairs and steering committee, the next process will leverage the latest community feedback and data to chart a course through 2026.”
The initial OneSpartanburg Vision Plan, developed with the feedback of 3,180 people and hundreds of pages of data, was built around four key drivers: talent, image, economy and place.
According to One Spartanburg Inc., measurable and noticeable progress has been achieved on all four fronts.
“There is a great deal of important work ahead,” Todd Horne, vice chair of the OneSpartanburg Vision Plan, said in the release. “We will again rely on our partners and community members to steer Spartanburg’s future. Anyone with an interest in how Spartanburg looks five, 10 or 15 years from now should complete the survey to make sure their thoughts can be included.”o