City of Boaz Economic & Community Development Strategy Survey

September 1st, 2017

Dear City of Boaz Resident, Community Leader, and/or Business Owner,

Do you have thoughts and ideas about how to improve the City of Boaz? The City of Boaz recently announced it has been accepted into the Alabama Communities of Excellence program’s incoming class for 2017.
 
The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) program offers a systematic approach with the necessary technical resources and tools to help Alabama’s small cities promote growth and prosperity by focusing on their distinctive assets and resources. ACE understands the uniqueness of each community, recognizing that every city has different assets, values, concerns and priorities.

Established in 2002, Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides technical assistance to select communities with populations ranging from 2,000 to 18,000 in an effort to strengthen long-term economic success. Through a comprehensive, three-phase approach, ACE uses the collective expertise of its partner organizations – ranging from state agencies and associations to banks, utilities, universities and others – to foster unique community development programs.

The ACE Team, comprised of technical discipline experts ranging from economic and industrial development to education, healthcare, historic preservation, leadership development, planning, tourism and community development, assists each participating city with developing a vision based on its own unique sensibilities and assets. At its core, ACE principles include the active involvement by community stakeholders across a broad demographic spectrum coupled with development of local leaders and leadership capacity and an emphasis on the importance of developing and implementing short and long-term plans to further the realization of the municipality’s vision. In addition to technical assistance, an Alabama Community of Excellence designation is given to each city that completes the three-phase program.

We encourage you to participate in a ten minute survey to help identify and propose solutions for economic development challenges and opportunities within the City of Boaz.

If you have any questions regarding the survey or the Alabama Communities of Excellence process please contact me at lucas.blankenship@tarcog.us or 256-716-2483. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your participation!

Sincerely,

Lucas Z. Blankenship
City of Boaz ACE Program Captain
Director Economic Development and Regional Planning
Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments

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