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Leon County
Board of County Commissioners
301 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301
(850) 606-5302

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Mathieu Cavell, Director
Community and Media Relations
(850) 606-5300

Steering the Course for Leon County's Future

Board of County Commissioners Reviews Vision and Priorities at Annual Strategic Planning Retreat
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Leon County Board of County Commissioners met at the Goodwood Museum & Gardens today for its annual retreat to review and update the Leon County Board of County Commissioners’ Fiscal Year 2012 – Fiscal Year 2013 Strategic Plan.

Commissioners started the day by reviewing the Board’s Vision Statement for the Leon County community that was established last year: Leon County is a welcoming, diverse, healthy, and vibrant community, recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the stunning beauty of the unspoiled natural environment and a rich array of educational, recreational, cultural and social offerings for people of all ages. Leon County government is a responsible steward of the community’s precious resources, a catalyst for engaging citizens, community and regional partners, and a provider of efficient services, which balance economic, environmental, and quality of life goals.

“Today, the Board continued to steer the course for Leon County’s future and made sure we continue to be prepared to serve this community,” said Nick Maddox, Chairman of the Leon County Board of County Commissioners. “I’m proud of how the entire Commission worked together in a collegial sprit to review and provide feedback on the collective vision for our community, as well as the priorities and initiatives to move forward towards that vision. I look forward to working with the Commission, staff, engaged citizens and community partners in achieving these goals.”

During today’s retreat, Commissioners provided recommended revisions to the Board’s Strategic Priorities and Strategic Initiatives, which focus upon the Economy, Environment, Quality of Life and Governance.

Commissioners identified behaviors and best practices for effective and cohesive governance as part of a discussion facilitated by John Streitmatter, a principal of the Leadership Research Institute.

Throughout the retreat, County employees shared stories of their interactions with citizens that exemplify Leon County’s Core Practices in action. These Core Practices put Leon County’s Core Values in action: Service, Relevance, Integrity, Accountability, Respect, Collaboration, Stewardship, Performance, Transparency and Vision.

“The work the Board did today is really to be commended. The theme of ‘Steering the Course for Leon County's Future’ was very appropriate to their retreat actions,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “Even amid these difficult times, the Board continues to stay focused on taking a long view for the future of this community and aligning their priorities with the optimized resources of the County.”

For more information, please contact Jon D. Brown, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 or .