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Corporation releases draft plan for future of St George

The Corporation of St George has released a draft plan for the town’s future and is seeking input from the public.

A spokeswoman said that the draft plan of the corporation’s Town Plan Steering Committee focuses on the needs of protecting the town’s historical character while introducing modern enhancements.

“The steering committee has been working on behalf of the town and sector stakeholders to collect public feedback and review professional guidance for the development of a municipal service matrix that can be drafted into a document that addresses many of the current concerns raised by town constituents and meets the business needs of the corporation,” the spokeswoman said.

“The draft document is presented as a strategic plan divided into four sections so that the public can easily understand the key areas of work that the office will undertake as strategic goals.”

The spokeswoman added that the committee looked at how to improve the quality of life for residents, the community, the business environment and the efficiency of town services as part of its work.

The plan’s introduction states that a 2011 report by the Bermuda Economic Development Council points out that historically the success of the town has been driven by external forces.

“The report concluded that St George has been reactionary in its economic development; that good times came when outside forces brought pulses of people to the town,” the plan said.

“The Corporation of St George recognises that we can no longer afford such a reactionary approach.

“In planning for the future of St George, we also know that like many other towns and cities, we are faced with a growing list of challenges that include economic, social, environmental and some, such a climate change, which have an overarching impact on all of these.

“This Strategic Plan represents our commitment to address the current challenges facing the town, and to be prepared for those challenges yet to come. We believe we can use these challenges as opportunities to strengthen our resilience.

“But it’s a commitment that needs us to work together towards what we hope is a collective goal, to deal with the problems head on, to make tough decisions, to embrace hard work and to seek innovative solutions.”

The draft plan is available at the Corporation of St George website.

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Published March 17, 2023 at 7:55 am (Updated March 17, 2023 at 7:55 am)

Corporation releases draft plan for future of St George

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