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By KELLY DANIELS
City officials are scheduled today to begin an intensive work session on the state of Starkvilleâ€™s â€śstrategic plan.â€ť
Mayor Parker Wiseman has reported that the Board of Aldermen aims to evaluate progress of the strategy it adopted a year ago.
â€śThis turned out to be a very productive way to begin a year last year, and I anticipate it will be a productive way to begin 2011,â€ť Wiseman anticipates.
The board met over three weekends last year to discuss, draft and finalize a strategic plan for its term.
As a result, Starkvilleâ€™s Information Technology Department was established, as was a monthly and quarterly meeting schedule with community leaders. The board also consolidated several departments into the new Sanitation and Environmental Services Department and have established a committee to access the needs of City Hall and find direction on building a new municipal complex.
Wiseman hopes that by working again together on the strategic plan, the board will strengthen its harmony. â€śPart of building unity comes from building shared vision of progress, and thatâ€™s what this process is intended to do,â€ť Wiseman said.
â€śAchieving progress is often difficult and and requires working through complex decisions. However, you canâ€™t get through those processes, unless you have settled on a direction. This retreat, as was last yearâ€™s retreat, is intended to help us continue to settle on a direction.â€ť
Todayâ€™s meeting at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership will begin at 3 p.m. and run for four hours, and Saturdayâ€™s meeting begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon.