The Kannapolis City Council is launching the Imagine Kannapolis Strategic Planning Process. The goal will be to establish a future vision for Kannapolis, determine focus areas (such as public safety, transportation, and economic development) needed to bring the vision to fruition, set strategic objectives for each focus area, develop a financial and operational plan to achieve the objectives and begin implementation of the strategic plan.
“Over the last decade we have made much progress in rebounding from the devastating loss of our largest employer. We have demonstrated that we can revitalize our downtown and attract new companies to our city. Now, it is time to go a step further. What does our city look like in the next decade? What is our vision for our city?” commented Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant.
The Kannapolis City Council invites the public to become involved with Imagine Kannapolis by volunteering to participate in an Imagine Kannapolis focus group. The purpose of the focus group is to develop the specific strategies needed to achieve the City’s vision within a specific focus area. It is anticipated that the focus groups will only meet a few times and the entire strategic process will be completed this year.
“We are cognizant of people having a lot on their plates. While this is a very important process for our city, we want the focus groups to be collaborative, represent the demographics of our city, to be thorough, but to also be fun and rewarding as we work to discover what our future will be,” said Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg.
Focus groups will meet at a variety of dates, times, and places in order to solicit as many people as possible in the Imagine Kannapolis process. The focus groups will be coordinated by City staff and will consult with subject matter experts as needed. Each group will have 5-7 people.
One of the first groups that will meet is the Homelessness and Transitional Housing Focus Group. Other groups will soon follow with all groups meeting finishing their work this summer.
If you would like to be a part of the Imagine Kannapolis Strategic Planning Process Homelessness and Transitional Focus Group, please complete the application below.