Strategically Planning for the Future
Troup County, Georgia is at a critical juncture with respect to planning for the future given
its unprecedented growth prospects. To create a framework for sustainable development in the face of the economic
growth anticipated not only from the arrival of Kia and its suppliers but also
from the burgeoning activities in the Columbus and Atlanta metro regions, leaders
in Troup County and the Cities of LaGrange,
West Point, and Hogansville launched a two-year strategic planning initiative in
June 2007. Our efforts have involved
developing innovative strategies for promoting quality growth, fostering
healthy economic development, and enhancing residents’ quality of life, while protecting
Troup County’s natural environment, sense of
place, and community.
Plan for Sustainable Development is based
on our mutual desire to preserve and enhance places for area residents and
businesses by proactively, progressively and creatively directing the
community’s growth and development to shape its future. This plan has benefitted from the insights of approximately
1,500 community stakeholders, including our youth, and many of our partners. The purpose of TROUP COUNTY…WORKS is to foster the continued
implementation of our plan’s initiatives through 2012.
OUR MISSION OUR
OUR CALL TO
ANTICIPATED GROWTH: Troup
County and its cities
will experience significant employment and residential growth in the next 25
years, unlike the population and job trends of the past. More than 20,000 jobs
and over 1,400 new firms could be created in Troup’s nine-county region due to
the economic impact of the Kia automotive plant. The job growth is anticipated
to yield a population increase of nearly 50,000 for the region by 2030. The expansion of Fort
Benning and continued growth in the
metro Atlanta and Columbus
areas are expected to have an ongoing rippling effect on Troup County.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Over 7,000 of the anticipated jobs are directly
related to Kia and its suppliers, but new jobs for the region are expected in
virtually every industry sector, with manufacturing, transportation and
warehousing, and retail topping the list. In terms of enterprise creation,
wholesale and retail trade and professional, scientific, and technical services
will lead the pack. Regarding the most serious issue affecting Troup County’s
ability to prepare for the future, the quality of the workforce was mentioned
by community stakeholders more frequently than any other.
AVAILABLE LAND: Troup
County has more than
63,000 acres of land deemed suitable for development, far exceeding the land
needs for population and job growth over the next couple decades. However, community stakeholders want to
concentrate future development in and around the cities to take advantage of
available infrastructure and prevent sprawling development and its associated
strength of the community, educational assets, and governance are all areas
that make Troup County a growing contender for
“globility” – that is, for attracting and retaining international residents and
business investment. This was evident even prior to the arrival of Kia.
CREATIVE CENTERS: Troup County
has ample assets that support the further development of a “creative economy.”
Vibrant downtown centers are often at the heart of creative economies, and all
three of Troup County’s cities already have advantages
in this regard. Recent efforts relating to revitalizing the downtown areas of LaGrange position the city very well. With the help of the
Callaway Foundation, LaGrange’s downtown has become
one of the premiere downtowns for a city of its size in Georgia.
West Point’s depot, collection of unique
shops, and potential for loft housing are key assets. Hogansville – with the
potential for restoring its downtown theater, its assortment of unique shops,
children’s theater, the Hummingbird Festival, and downtown mural – also could
be a creative center.
EYE TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY: Many of
our community stakeholders expressed a desire for environmental stewardship
that balances economic and social factors through a sustainable development
approach. Troup County has had an increasing interest in sustainability as
evident in efforts such as LaGrange College and its partnership with the United
Nations Centre International de Formation des Autorités/Acteurs Locaux (CIFAL)
program to raise awareness about sustainable development approaches, planning
initiatives under way by local governments, LaGrange’s conversion of landfill
gas to energy, and the growing countywide parks and green space conservation
system, to name a few.
COLLABORATIVE FOUNDATION: Troup County
has been praised by our community stakeholders and state and regional partners
for the partnership we’ve launched among our county and cities. Together, we have the opportunity to become a
model region for maximizing the opportunities associated with economic growth
and for doing so in a collaborative and quality manner.
strategic goals have been identified, based on input provided by stakeholders
from across Troup
County and our partners. Together, these goals speak to our overall
vision for fostering healthy and balanced economic, environmental, and social
The WELL PLANNED Community: Carefully, deliberately and strategically planning for the future;
determining where growth and development should go and then allocating
resources and available infrastructure to support it. Inherent in this strategic goal is the
allocation of future land use.
The PROSPEROUS Community: Raising the
standard and quality of living for citizens through higher performance economic
development that provides a diverse mixture of opportunities.
The QUALITY GOVERNANCE Community: Working
progressively in a collaborative fashion with other governments; fostering
greater opportunities for citizen engagement; and making forward-thinking
decisions based on the collective view of the constituency.
4. The KNOWLEDGE
DRIVEN Community: Providing the opportunity for an excellent and
competitive education for all ages; fostering an excitement about lifelong
learning that will motivate young people to stay in school.
The ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD Community: Preserving green
space and the natural environs; protecting natural resources (e.g., West Point Lake); promoting clean development.
The GOOD HABITAT Community: Facilitating a
greater degree of housing choice; increasing the availability of quality
housing that is affordable and safe; emphasizing “neighborhood” development;
and fostering the availability of comfortable living. This includes ensuring the safety and
security for all residents, and preserving and enabling the optimal conditions
for raising children.
The NAVIGABLE Community: Fostering the
ease of mobility throughout the community; gearing transportation infrastructure
according to future growth plans; providing alternative and viable solutions
beyond the automobile.
The ATTRACTIVE Community: Fostering appealing gateways into the
community; retaining the “small town” charm; encouraging aesthetically pleasing
development; promoting ongoing beautification.
The NEIGHBORLY Community: Meeting the
individual needs of all citizens; promoting a friendly environment to existing
and new community members of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures;
fostering a strong, cohesive sense of community.
10. The ENTERTAINING
Community: Providing a diverse menu of recreational, cultural,
dining, shopping, and other amenities for families and residents of all ages.
research and assessments were conducted by Georgia Tech
in support of our planning efforts. Please click on the links below for more
for the Future in Troup County, Georgia series of reports.
County Works Presentation