Strategic plan just the beginning of new vision
Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 31, 2001
Thursday, May 31, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
When more than 30 government and business leaders gathered
Tuesday to talk about the focus of economic development, they
started by taking a quick inventory of our strengths.
And that quick inventory yielded a long list – a list that
ranged from Natchez’s location on the Mississippi River to its
port to its people.
Then, these leaders focused on the opportunities to improve,
to build on, to better those strengths. And, again, the list was
thoughtful and insightful, with everything from embracing a positive
attitude to four-laning access to the city among the opportunities
Now, with all those lists in hand, the real work begins.
The 30-plus men and women present at that session will go back
to the table, review those lists and formulate a two-year plan
designed to turn those opportunities into realities.
This type of focused, open dialogue should prove beneficial
to all those involved, and to the residents of Adams County and
We talk, often, about the need for jobs, jobs, jobs. And, as
several of the leaders pointed out at Tuesday’s meeting, attitudes
and economic opportunities go hand-in-hand: with good economic
opportunities, good attitudes abound. But, it is equally important
to maintain those positive outlooks as you build and develop economic
opportunities. In fact, many say, a cooperative and proactive
attitude is necessary to developing a community’s economy.
We believe the men and women who sat around those tables on
Tuesday want to embrace that philosophy and will draw on their
leadership abilities, their positions and their influence to help
craft a vision to move our community forward.
The strategic plan this process yields will be only a part
of the true benefits we see from the discussion, the cooperation
and the building of vision.