City Council Planning Retreat

City of Fayetteville Planning Retreat
Embassy Suites – Fayetteville
February 7-8, 2014

What Happened:  The new City Council met for two days to listen to briefings and to decide on a strategic plan of top priorities that will be relevant for 2014/15.

General Comments:

  • Placemaking – create an environment you want to be in.  Third spaces (not work or home).  There are lessons learned.  An example would be the Crown Collisiuem.  A ball field instead of jail downtown.  These are two classic failed placemeaking errors to learn from
  • Next property revaluation will be January, 2017
  • There will be a “Crime Summit” April 11, 104

Economic Development – Deputy City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney gave a presentation on the possibllity of establishing an Economic Business Development (EBD) city department.  The following information is from her power point.

  • Establish an “EBD” fund @ $500,000 to assist with working capitol needs and to leverage private participation and to assist and incentivize city-wide business, recruitment, retention and expansion
  • Develop guidelines for the use of EBD funds
  • Develop an “Economic Development Strategic Plan”
  • Establish a comprehensive marketing program for economic and business development plan
  • Year 1, 2015 – create a Department of Economic and Business Development.  Reclassify special projects.  Hire a Director of Economic and Business Development.  Add an administrative Assistant in July, 2015.  Hire a business recruiter and development recruiter in the 3rd quarter of 2015.

What Was Said regarding the EBD:

Councilman Crisp – “We need an office, a central office.  A point where someone who has $50,000 can go to an office to guide them to a grant/loan/license.  A department to interact with all business out there…to direct a business on where they need to go.”

Councilwoman Jensen – “Starting my business at 40 was tough.  People need education.  They need training before we give them money.”

Deputy City Manager Small-Toney – “This is not an open door to Fort Knox.  There will be guidelines and requirements for businesses to be considered.”

Sideline:  There will be an upcoming worksession which will focus on this proposal.

City Council 2014/15 priorities:

  • police staffing
  • ex-offender 2nd chance
  • customer service initiative (City Hall)
  • economic development – local merchants
  • trade school for ages 18-24
  • parks and recreation funding
  • Performing Arts Center (ie. DPAC in Durham)
  • sidewalk improvement plan
  • land use plan
  • resurfacing streets

Other Comments from Council:

Councilwoman Jensen – “Expectations are high with this new council.”

Councilman Wright – “Let’s get about the works of the city’s business.  Let’s see how we deal with disagreement and get things done.”

Councilman Hurst – “This is going to be a more business friendly council.”

Councilman Crisp – “We go so bogged down with personaility conflicts.  This council understands each can give and take.  We won’t go out in a parking lot after a vote or go back to our districts with sour grapes.  We did have some setbacks.”


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Published by Angie Hedgepeth

Angie Hedgepeth, Government Affairs Director for the Association, attends all the local meetings each month, as well as NAR and NCAR meetings, and keeps members abreast of the multiple issues being addressed in local, state and national government. She prepares reports on the meetings she attends and they are included in the weekly "Government Affairs Update".