AC44 Phase 2: Economic Development

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A vibrant and sustainable economy is a critical aspect of a thriving community.

A strong economy provides job opportunities, competitive wages, and pathways for career advancement. Economic prosperity also enhances the visibility of the community, attracting visitors, and retaining current residents.

The Comp Plan update provides an opportunity to work toward a more equitable community and expand education, career, and business options for all community members. A thriving community includes not only economic development, but also a support system with affordable childcare, job training, housing affordable to the local workforce, and reliable public transit.

Building Upon the Work: Project EnABLE

We will build on Project EnABLE, the strategic plan of our Economic Development Office (EDO), adopted in 2018. EDO efforts provide support to primary businesses, which produce goods or services locally and primarily sell those goods or services to customers outside of the Charlottesville metropolitan statistical area, bringing financial resources into the community. The revenue generated by primary businesses helps strengthen local consumptive businesses (such as restaurants), retaining financial resources in the local economy. A key Project EnABLE implementation strategy involves supporting target industries such as bioscience/medical, financial services, IT services, defense, and agribusiness.

A vibrant and sustainable economy is a critical aspect of a thriving community.

A strong economy provides job opportunities, competitive wages, and pathways for career advancement. Economic prosperity also enhances the visibility of the community, attracting visitors, and retaining current residents.

The Comp Plan update provides an opportunity to work toward a more equitable community and expand education, career, and business options for all community members. A thriving community includes not only economic development, but also a support system with affordable childcare, job training, housing affordable to the local workforce, and reliable public transit.

Building Upon the Work: Project EnABLE

We will build on Project EnABLE, the strategic plan of our Economic Development Office (EDO), adopted in 2018. EDO efforts provide support to primary businesses, which produce goods or services locally and primarily sell those goods or services to customers outside of the Charlottesville metropolitan statistical area, bringing financial resources into the community. The revenue generated by primary businesses helps strengthen local consumptive businesses (such as restaurants), retaining financial resources in the local economy. A key Project EnABLE implementation strategy involves supporting target industries such as bioscience/medical, financial services, IT services, defense, and agribusiness.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    A goal is a high-level and long-term direction to fulfill the vision and framework. An objective is a specific outcome or target that accomplishes a goal. The goals and objectives developed now, in Phase Two, will inform the strategies (action steps) that will be drafted in Phase Three.

    The process of creating the Goals and Objectives included:

    • collaboration by an interdisciplinary team of County staff, in coordination with partner agencies
    • review of the current Comprehensive Plan
    • incorporating best planning practices utilized throughout the country
    • community, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors input
    • Framework for an Equitable and Resilient Community 
      • "As we move toward 2044, Albemarle County aspires to be a community that is Green and Resilient, Welcoming and Equitable, Connected and Accessible, and Thriving and Prosperous"

    Read more about Economic Development in the updated Topic Report.

    This questionnaire is designed for you to share your feedback on the draft Goals and Objectives for the Economic Development chapter. Community input will be shared with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The draft Goals and Objectives will be refined based on community, Commission, and Board feedback.  

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