The Botetourt Board of Supervisors met for the first strategic plan in 10 years on Friday, January 11 and will meet again on Friday, January 18. Both meetings were scheduled to be full morning meetings. The tough budget season, sluggish economic growth, revenue shortfalls and lack of state support were among the issues the supervisors face the new budget year and beyond.
During the first session the five supervisors, Billy Martin, Mac Scothorn, Jack Leffel, Terry Austin and led by Chairmen Steve Clinton identified parts of the process in a brainstorming session. The Supervisors listed what they saw as Botetourt’s strengths and weaknesses. County Adminstrator Kathleen Guzi and Assistant County Administrator David Moorman were also present with suggestions.
Strong distinctions of the county included geographic diversity, low unemployment, culture, history, a premier business park, growth and development possibilities, recreation opportunities like the Sports Complex, the Upper James Blueway etc.
Weakness included: Federal/state mandates shifts and regulations. Emerging Emergency Services demands and costs, unanticipated demands like school security, revenue reductions/slow growth, population demographics like age and education, lack of highways, rail and air availability and lack of representation in the state legislature.
The Strategic Planning committee will meet again on Friday, Jan. 18.