2013 Strategic Planning Conference — Preview

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) holds its annual Strategic Planning Conference on Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2013 at Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte. The purpose of the conference is to give commissioners the background and information they need to set County priorities for budgeting in the next fiscal year, FY2014. 

On Wednesday, Carl Stenberg , Ph.D., of the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill will provide a brief overview of the Council-Manager form of government in North Carolina. Then Lee Institute President Cyndee Patterson will facilitate a discussion between the Board and County staff on effective working relationships. 

On Thursday, the Board will receive an overview and discuss current economic conditions facing the County including a briefing from John Connaughton, Ph.D., professor at UNC-Charlotte, and Michael Brown, economist at Wells Fargo. Also Thursday the Board will:

  • Receive a staff report on the mandatory/discretionary nature of County funding
  • Receive information on how the annual budget is developed
  • Receive a staff update on the FY2013 financial status including revenues and expenses
  • Receive a briefing on the FY2014 operating budget calendar 

On Friday, Multi-Year Capital Planning is on the agenda. The Board will receive a staff update on the current capital program, including project status, projected available funding for the next several years, and a recommended strategy to best meet the needs of the County and its business partners.  And the Board will engage in a process to determine its FY2014 priorities. This process is an important precursor to developing the County Manager’s Recommended Budget. In addition, the Board will be asked to identify any topics related to the FY2014 budget it would like to discuss at Budget/Public Policy Workshops in February – April. 

Times and dates for the Annual Strategic Planning Conference: 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 – 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31 – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 1 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Foundation for the Carolinas Silverman Pavilion
220 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 

All sessions are open to the public. This blog will be updated after each half-day session and video of all sessions will be available here. Real-time Tweets will be offered @meckcounty #meckbocc. Access to the full agenda and all documents the commissioners receive during the conference can be viewed at this special website.


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