PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today released the reports prepared for him by the twelve “Vision Teams” announced last year. Standing alongside members of the Steering Committee, as well as some of the Vision Team Chairs, the Executive talked about some of the recommendations as well as next steps for the County now that the reports are complete.
“First, let me commend the hundreds of people who were involved in this public visioning process. Laying out a future vision for the County is not an easy charge, yet the Steering Committee and the vision teams provided a fresh perspective on how government operates and should operate,” said County Executive Fitzgerald. “These recommendations range from suggestions on operations, efficiencies and policies for the County to legislative advocacy with the state and federal government. Now that these reports are in hand, it’s time for my administration to really dig into those findings and recommendations and move forward with this vision.”
The twelve Vision Team prepared reports focused on the areas of Courts Administration, Economic Development, Energy & Environment, Financial Sustainability, Human Services, Infrastructure, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Parks Recreation & Trails, Public Health, Public Safety, Transportation and Workforce Development. All twelve reports are available online at www.alleghenycounty.us/executive/visionteams.aspx. In addition to the individual reports (available with and without appendices), the full document containing all reports and appendices is available, as is a brief which contains the Executive Summaries of each report.
“A great deal of work and time went into the preparation of these reports – all totaled, there are 710 pages of findings, recommendations, appendices and other information for the County to consider. In reviewing them, there are recommendations that won’t apply any longer because we have already done what was suggested. There are also suggestions contained in the reports that we have already begun work on or are exploring during my first year in office, but there are many more that are substantive ideas about what the County can do to continue to improve, promote and move our region forward,” said Fitzgerald. “The reports have been turned over to my County Manager who will begin the process of working with the Department Directors and members of the Vision Teams to discuss and determine the feasibility of some of those ideas. I fully intend to continue using these reports as a road map for the County and the potential opportunities that we have before us.”
The reports contain over 300 different recommendations, but also include some common themes including increased accountability, efficiencies and effectiveness; redefining visions for government functions; evaluating staffing and facility needs using technology to manage data and increase transparency; explore other models and strategies to contribute to economic growth; expand the diversity of the workforce to achieve equity and vitality and increase competitiveness; implement new strategies; utilize smart growth, responsible land development and preserve green space; capitalize on opportunities in the energy and environmental sectors; ensure modes of transportation support development; focus on development of commercial and real estate; and espouse a culture that values innovation and entrepreneurship as a driver for future economic growth.
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