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Council to prioritize initiatives for next two years

At its retreat a few weeks ago, the City Council discussed nine goals for the city for the next two years and more than 60 initiatives. In a work session at 5:30 tonight, the council will narrow down those initiatives.

Here’s the goals the council agreed on:

1. Improve Governance

Ensure that city government is effective, efficient and open by enhancing the operation, interaction, and communications among City Council, city staff and the public.

 2. Promote Economic Vitality

Increase the prosperity of the our citizens and businesses and ensure adequate revenues by establishing Fredericksburg as a preeminent national tourism destination and pursuing economic development and redevelopment opportunities in a business friendly environment.

 3. Improve Public Safety

Provide a safe and secure environment for those who live, work and visit the city through safety, high quality public facilities and systems.

 4.Enhance Character of the City and Neighborhoods

Enhance the quality of life of the city and its neighborhoods by investing in and promoting safety, livability, and a strong sense of community.

 5.Enhance Historic Character and Vitality

Pursue and enhance the character of Fredericksburg’s historic character of Fredericksburg’s areas and city center. Preserve our sense of place, promote economic strength, and ensure the city’s continuing appeal to residents, business people, and visitors.

 6.Improve Transportation

Maintain and advance the development of local and regional transportation systems that are safe, functional, and attractive for the benefit of motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders.

 7.Enhance Education (Lifelong Learning)

Support and enhance the core service of lifelong education, working closely with the School Board and other institutions.

 8.Enhance Sustainability and Protect the Natural Environment

Protect, preserve and restore the natural environment bv encouraging  sustainable practices and environmental conservation measures, particularly those designated to protect the safe drinking water, naturally beauty, and historic resources of the Rappahannock River.

 9.Enhance Parks/Recreation/Open Space

Enhance the quality of parks and open space facilities as well as recreational programming to meet the needs of families, youth and seniors.