Sumter Priorities

Health and Wellness
Champion: Brandi Lunneborg, Chamber Representative

Create an Issue Work Group to address a wide variety of community health and wellness issues. Activities may include, but not limited to:

Goal #1: Position Sumter County as the health and wellness hub in an eight county network.

Goal #2: In preparation for the 2016 CHNA internal assessment seek interview assistance, data analysis, and implementation plan development.

Goal #3: Using 2013 health data resources, such as the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment, evaluate ongoing projects that encourage access to care and healthy lifestyles. Plan projects that educate citizens, improve health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs.

Goal #4: Identify opportunities for improving the development of recreational facilities and programs.

Goal #5: Seek to expand telehealth opportunities.

Goal #6: Explore locally-grown food options such as directory of growers/producers, Feed my School, connecting local agriculture to community.

Education for a Quality Workforce
Champions: Charles Patterson, SGTC Representative, PDA/One Sumter Representative

Facilitate an Issue Work Group comprised of academic and business leaders to advance excellence in education resulting in a quality workforce. Activities may include, but not limited to:

Goal #1: Develop a plan to incrementally identify and launch experiential (service-learning) opportunities throughout the community that provide students with hands-on service experiences in their chosen field of study. This would include curriculum-based experiences as well as entrepreneurship and business creation.

Goal #2: Develop a brand for the community that promotes Sumter County as an “Education Destination” that supports student needs and attracts students to enroll and stay in the community during and after their educational pursuits. Activities may include, but not limited to:

  • Engage resources to create Marketing Plan for Sumter County as an “Education Destination.
  • Create “good news” stories on educational successes.
  • Create vision/marketing for Sumter County Schools Investing in Educational Excellence School System (IE2) program which would include positive publicity throughout community.

Goal #3: Consider college scholarships to encourage local students to stay in community post-graduation.

Goal #4: Consider models for workforce training, including College and Career Academy, Great Promise Partnership, Southwire 12 For Life, as well as GeorgiaBEST and other soft skills training programs.

Town and Gown
Champions: Su Ann Bird, Steve Kennedy, Steven Snyder, Barry Blount, Bill Twomey, PDA/One Sumter Representative, Chamber Representative

Create an Issue Work Group that includes higher education leaders with community leaders (city, county, chamber and others) to identify and develop of sustainable programs to help “bridge” campuses and downtown. Activities may include, but are not limited to:

Goal #1: Assess relationships and impacts, both positive and negative, of GSW and SGTC with the community.

Goal #2: Review “College Town Community Relationship Development” document, dated 2010, and update with current information. Explore “Two Great Choices” campaign.

Goal #3: Consider areas of collaboration: off-campus housing, service learning, civic engagement, and others.

Goal #4: Create an eventual footprint in the downtown area, and with the ultimate goal of becoming a Carnegie Foundation “Community Engagement” Classified Institution.

Goal #5: Continue implementation of the Downtown Renaissance Strategic Vision and Plan.

Community-wide Public Relations

Champions: Su Ann Bird, Steven Snyder, Bill Twomey, Barry Blount, PDA/One Sumter Representative, Chamber Representative

Establish an Issue Work Group to asses and elevate the state of community public relations efforts and needs. Activities may include, but not limited to:

Goal #1: Compile media list within 100 mile radius.

Goal #2: Create “good news” stories promoting all aspects of the community.

Goal #3: Facilitate planning, implementation and use of community-wide “Wayfinding Plan.”

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