Got a minute? Strategic survey will help county plan for next five years

Published 11:31 am Wednesday, March 16, 2022

If it were completely up to you, how would you make Troup County a better place to live?  Where would you allocate spending to make this community more vibrant, better for business or attractive to young professionals and their families? The Troup County Center for Strategic Planning wants to know and is asking Troup County residents to complete a short survey that will help guide their focus for the next five years.

Maryanne Lovejoy, the executive director of strategic planning, said the survey is a chance for residents to make their mark on Troup County. The survey asks 19 questions — most of them multiple-choice or check boxes — to get a feel for how the respondent views the strengths and opportunities of our community.

“Some of the things that you’ll find in the survey are things that make you want to live and work here in Troup County, and we’re looking for feedback on that. As well as, what would make our county stand out?” Lovejoy said. “If you had unlimited resources, what could we do here that would really make a mark?”

Lovejoy said the last plan was created in 2008, when the strategic planning board looked much different and so did Troup County.

“So much has changed since 2008, that we really felt like we needed to have a new approach,” Lovejoy said. “In addition, all of the board members have changed.”

The Troup County Center for Strategic Planning includes representation of all three cities in Troup County, presidents from the three colleges, as well as the presidents of The Callaway Foundation and LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce. The Troup County School System, United Way of West Georgia, the LaGrange Downtown Development Authority, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and Communities in Schools are among the other organizations with representation on the board as well. Lovejoy said the organization has had a major role via financial assistance for Circles of Troup County, Troup County Racial Trustbuilding Initiative, Get Troup Reading among many other projects. Boyette Strategic Advisors was hired to create the strategic plan and the survey will play a large role in shaping that plan. Hogansville, LaGrange, West Point, Troup County and the Callaway Foundation paid for the plan to be created.

The survey is available by scanning the QR code in this article or by going to https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6745032/Troup-County-Community-Survey.