The Fayette Visioning Initiative began with three planning phases which were undertaken from Oct. 2013 to July 2014 followed by a five-year plan implementation process which was launched in Jan 2015. A nationally recognized consulting team, Market Street Services, was engaged to facilitate the planning portion of the process and to address the five questions central to the vision.
The first phase of this process compared Fayette County’s social, demographic, economic, and physical characteristics to Hanover County, Virginia; Forsyth County, Georgia; Williamson County, Tennessee; the Metro Atlanta region; and the nation. Rather than creating charts for dozens of data points, the Competitive Assessment synthesized the quantitative data with public input to frame the discussion around the key “storylines” and competitive issues facing Fayette County. The Competitive Assessment answered questions about Fayette County’s people, the county as a place, and economic issues that affect Fayette County’s long-term prosperity. Phase I was completed in January 2014.
The Fayette Vision Plan reflects the research and input gathered through the Competitive Assessment, and answers the fundamental questions of “where do we want to be?” and “how do we get there?” The vision includes specific goals, objectives, and methods for creating the future that Fayette County articulated in the Competitive Assessment process. Market Street has supplemented the Fayette vision with examples of best practices from across the nation to provide additional guidance related to individual components of the plan. These best practices showcase what trailblazers in the field are doing to demonstrate what is possible and to serve as a catalyst for conversation and excitement about how Fayette County may develop its own best-practice approaches. Phase II was completed in June 2014.
In the final phase of the planning process, Market Street compiled a set of suggested Implementation Guidelines, including potential action items, timeline and budgets. These recommendations provided leadership with specific, measurable actions which can be implemented by teams of community members and strategic partners over a suggested five year implementation time frame. A Phase III report was completed in June 2014 and presented to the community in July 2014.
With the vision planning process complete, implementation work has now begun to make the vision a reality. Beginning in January 2015, four Implementation teams have been formed around the themes highlighted in the Fayette Vision: Education; Prosperity; Community; and Place.