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Visioning 2014 & Beyond

Update Archive

December 16 -

The Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee met on Monday, December 15 for a review and consideration of input received at last month’s public town hall meeting.

During its discussion, the committee focused on several aspects of the proposed positioning statement and the initial wording that will be considered for a visioning statement. To see the agenda and material the steering committee reviewed, click here.

To see the meeting via on-demand video, click here.

The committee will next meeting on Monday, January 5 at 3:30pm in The Alcazar Room to make final revisions before meeting in a workshop setting with the City Commission to review and discuss the work thus far completed. That joint meeting date has not been determined yet.

November 18 -

Nearly a hundred members of the community turned out for a town hall on Monday, November 17 to review and offer input on the work completed thus far by the steering committee for Visioning 2014 & Beyond, the city's visioning initiative.

After brief introductions, visioning facilitator Herb Marlowe divided the attendees into four groups each with two members of the steering committee leading a review and discussion centered on the most recent draft of the strategic positioning statement, a compilation of the work of the committee. To read the document used during the meeting, click here.

Steering committee members carefully noted the feedback received from the town hall's participants, which included residents from across the city, business owners from a variety of commercial segments, and members of the city commission, both current and ones newly elected.

Based on the input received, the steering committee will review a revised strategic positioning statement at its next meeting. That revised statement will be available for review by the public prior to the committee's meeting* which is set for Monday, December 15 at 3:30pm in. The meeting is open to the public.

Note that while Visioning  2014 & Beyond’s two town hall meetings were held at the Willie Galimore Center so as to accommodate a larger number of participants in a facility with more flexibility, the steering committee meetings are held in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. which makes them available for live or on-demand viewing at www.CoSATV.

November 10 -

Next Monday the community will be asked for its input on the work done thus far by Visioning 2014 & Beyond’s steering committee as a way of letting the committee know if it is moving in the right direction in its work to define a vision for St. Augustine’s future.

That input will be sought in a Town Hall meeting* set for Monday, November 17 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm at the Willie Galimore Center, 399 Riberia St. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.

When the Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee met on Monday, November 3, members took time to carefully review a draft version of a strategic positioning statement that includes draft versions of a vision statement. That input was used to develop the most recent version of the strategic positioning statement. That most recent version will be the primary tool for the Town Hall with committee members meeting with members of the public in small groups to review the document and receive input.

To read the current version of the strategic positioning statement that will be used during the Town Hall, click here.

A town hall held in August proved to be very beneficial for the committee, for even though the 15 members represent many aspects of the community, there are many others who have valuable input needed by the committee. Monday's Town Hall will be their opportunity to share their input directly with the committee.

October 28 -

When the steering committee charged with guiding the city’s visioning initiative, Visioning 2014 & Beyond, meets on Monday, November 3, it will continue its work of carefully distilling input from the community into a well honed vision for the city.

So far the 15-member committee, chaired by St. Augustine City Commissioner Roxanne Horvath, has sifted through, analyzed  and categorized data collected from nearly 500 submissions of a community survey conducted in July. (click here to see survey results). Then in August, the committee members gathered with members of the community in a town hall meeting to share its findings and let the community offer feedback.

Taking that feedback, the committee worked to refine how the community described the future it prefers based on its values, aspirations, and needs, and to identify major external forces which could impact that future. Finally, the committee made assessments of where the community is now with respect to issues that may promote or inhibit that preferred future, those actions and strategies which can shape the preferred future.

Herb Marlowe, the committee’s facilitator, compiled the work of the committee thus far into a draft version of the strategic positioning statement (see statement here) which the committee will review on Monday. The review will include a discussion of trends that could impact the city, both those inside and outside of St. Augustine. Other discussion include descriptions of the future we want to create and futures we want to prevent, and a closer examination of three emerging strategic themes for the city’s vision: livable, authentic, character (agenda available here).

Also during Monday’s meeting, the committee will review the initial version of a vision statement, one that is likely to go through a great many revisions. This initial version  was developed using the draft statements gaining the most votes at the Town Hall meeting which were:

  • A small livable, pedestrian friendly, historic, bay front city that appreciates its rich history and all of its arts as well as the environment”; and

  • “St. Augustine will be a livable, environmentally conscious, historic town offering an abundance of cultural amenities, offering basic services such as grocery and pharmacy and affordable housing.”

The Version 1.0 vision statement to be reviewed is:

  • St. Augustine will be small, livable, pedestrian friendly, historic, bay front city that appreciates its rich history and environment, offers an abundance of cultural amenities, retains basic services such as grocery and pharmacy and has maintained its affordability for families, young persons and people of various means.

  • Alternate text: A small livable, bay front city with a historic visitor and pedestrian friendly core offering an abundance of cultural amenities surrounded by equally historic and unique neighborhoods that together comprise St. Augustine's "gateways to history.”

Monday’s meeting begins at 3:30pm in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. The public is encouraged to attend. The meeting may be viewed live and on-demand at www.CoSATV.com under the Miscellaneous tab.

October 6 meeting

In a memo to the committee, Herb Marlowe outlined its work for the meeting on Monday, October 6 regarding an assessment of the identified goals and strategy:

“So far in the strategy process we have engaged in the first two stages of a strategic plan: Stage 1: The community’s preferred future based on their values, aspirations, needs; and Stage 2: The major external forces which could impact that future. This Monday we will turn to Stage 3, an assessment of where the community ‘‘is now’ with respect to those actions and strategies which can shape the preferred future.”

During the meeting, the committee will look at a series of “actions” which if taken would lead to the community’s preferred future and identify each as:

  • currently underway and simply need to be continued;
  • are underway but need to be improved in some way; or
  • need to be started.

To see the full memo which includes the 22 actions to be assessed, click here.

September 29 meeting

The steering committee for Visioning 2014 & Beyond continues to work on narrowing down input it has received from the community towards the development of a vision for St. Augustine’s future. In its meeting held on Monday, September 29, the committee reviewed its work thus far, adjusted its calendar of work, and then spent most of its time closely examining and discussing probable trends and factors that could significantly impact the city.

These probable trends and factors are one of four components in a positioning statement. Using the analogy of a trip, the positioning statement includes: why the trip is important to us, a description of where we want to go, a description of where we don’t want to go, and the most important factors, called strategic themes, on which to focus in order to be able to succeed at getting to the destination.

At Monday’s meeting, the committee discussed eight likely trends identified from the input received from the community survey and the town hall meeting:

  • population growth in greater St. Augustine;
  • more expensive housing;
  • a more affluent resident;
  • the experience economy;
  • service level workers;
  • problematic infrastructure;
  • sea level rise; and
  • technology.

September 22 - Steering committee continues work with data

The steering committee for St. Augustine's visioning initiative, Visioning 2014 & Beyond, will meet on Monday, September 29 at 3:30pm in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. The meeting is open to the public.

When the committee last met on August 4, it worked with input from a community survey held in July to identify the community's desired goals for St. Augustine's future. Then on August 18 in a town hall setting and using five possible scenarios of St. Augustine's future and six distinct descriptors of the city, all based on input from the survey, every attendee had the opportunity, in a small-group setting, to offer feedback directly to a committee member. At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees were asked to place color coded stickers on posters to indicate their favorite descriptor, and their favorite and least favorite scenario.

To read the descriptors and the scenarios and see the vote totals, click here.

For the September 29 meeting the steering committee will focus on closer examination of the feedback from the town hall meeting and continue to refine the community's expressed goals.

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August 18 - Town Hall votes helps steering committee draft community's vision

After sifting through, analyzing and categorizing data collected from the nearly 500 submissions of last month’s community survey, (click here to see survey results), members of the Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee gathered with members of the community in a town hall meeting on August 18 to do two things: let the committee share its findings, and let the community offer feedback. It was the first opportunity the steering committee has had to check that it correctly heard what the community said through the survey.

The town hall drew a little over 50 people to the Willie Galimore Center where, after a brief introduction by Commissioner Roxanne Horvath, steering committee chair, and visioning facilitator Herb Marlowe, attendees were divided into a dozen small groups each hosted by a member of the steering committee.

Based on input from the community survey, the facilitator had developed five possible scenarios of St. Augustine’s future, and six descriptors of the city, all included in a packet given to each attendee. Then, for an hour and a half, every attendee had the opportunity, in a small-group setting, to offer feedback directly to a committee member on the committee’s work. The small, round table settings allowed each committee member to listen to the community in a close-in conversation.

At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees were then asked to use color coded stickers on posters to indicate their favorite descriptor, and their favorite and least favorite scenario.

The results of those votes are available here.

August 4 - Next step: Town Hall Meeting

Members of the Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee met on August 4 to begin to sift through, analyze and categorize data collected from the nearly 500 submissions of last month’s community survey. (Click here to see survey results.)


Now the next step is for the committee to take its findings back to the community to check, to ensure, that it correctly heard what the community said. That next step takes place on Monday, August 18 at a Town Hall meeting* starting at 5:30pm at the Willie Galimore Center, 399 Riberia St. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.


“The purpose of the Town Hall is to ensure that the committee has confidence that it has heard the community correctly before beginning the detailed work of a vision plan,” said Herb Marlowe, Visioning 2014 & Beyond’s facilitator. “In this sense the Town Hall concludes this first phase of community listening which was intended to identify the hopes, desires, and concerns of residents.”


In many ways the Town Hall is critical to the visioning process for it is an opportunity for the community to offer clarifications and maybe course corrections for the elements identified thus far by the steering committee. For this reason, participation by the community is encouraged even for those who have not followed the process or who may not have participated in the community survey.


To see the agenda for Monday’s Town Hall meeting and the meeting packet which includes a detailed description of the meeting’s format and copies of the materials that will be used, visit the Visioning Resources section below and click on the links adjacent to the August 18 Town Hall.

July 31 - Next step: Start to identify goals

With the raw data in hand, collected through nearly 500 respondents to a community survey, the Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee will take the first steps to identify the community’s desired goals for St. Augustine’s future during its meeting on August 4.


The meeting will be in The Alcazar Room, City Hall starting at 3:30pm. The meeting is open to the public and will be streamed live at www.CoSATV.com. The meeting’s agenda and related material is available under the Visioning Resources below.


The community survey, conducted during early July and open to all members of the public, was designed to measure the pulse of the community by asking how people feel about the city and how would they like to feel, what words would they use to describe the city. They were also asked to list three things they like about St. Augustine, three things they dislike, and three things that are missing from the city that they would like to see. Also, survey respondents had the opportunity to specify items they would like to see considered in the visioning initiative.


Nearly 500 surveys were completed and returned during the nine day window to participate in the survey. All of the survey results and a general profile of the respondents is available by clicking here.


During the committee’s last meeting on July 21, the 14 members present divided into five smaller groups and worked with survey’s data after which each group provided a brief summary of its findings. Herb Marlowe, the visioning program’s facilitator, will lead the committee in a number of activities at Monday’s meeting intended to help the group start to identify the community’s desired goals.


Following the August 4 meeting, the steering committee will host a Town Hall where its work thus far will be presented to the community and the community will have the opportunity to provide input. The Town Hall meeting will be on Monday, August 18 at 5:30pm at the Willie Galimore Center, 399 Riberia St. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.

 

July 22 - Steering Committee gets down to work with Community Survey

When the steering committee for the city’s visioning initiative, Visioning 2014 & Beyond, met on July 21, its primary task was to review and begin to analyze the substance of the nearly 500 responses to the Community Survey.

The survey was designed to measure the pulse of the community by asking its participants how they feel about the city and how would they like to feel, what words would they use to describe St. Augustine, and to list three things they like about St. Augustine, three things they dislike, and three things that are missing from the city that they would like to see. Also, survey respondents had the opportunity asked to specify items they would like to see considered in the visioning initiative.

By breaking into five smaller groups, the 14 members of the committee present at the meeting worked with summary's prepared by city staff to facilitate the committee's review. Then, each group provided a brief summary of its findings during the review.

 

July 14 - Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee meets

to review community survey results

When the steering committee for the city’s visioning initiative, Visioning 2014 & Beyond, next gathers its time will be spent reviewing and compiling the results of the program's first community survey and thereby identify the community's priorities. That information will serve as the basis for the committee's work, as well as the community's, in coming weeks.

That next meeting is set for Monday, July 21 is set for 3:00pm in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King Street.* The agenda is available here.

The community survey drew over 400 responses before its deadline at noon on Thursday, July 23. Consisting of 10-questions, the survey was designed to measure the pulse of the community by asking its members how they feel about the city and how would they like to feel, what words would they use to describe St. Augustine, and to list three things they like about St. Augustine, three things they dislike, and three things that are missing from the city that they would like to see. Also, survey respondents had the opportunity asked to specify items they would like to see considered in the visioning initiative.

July 8 -Visioning 2014 & Beyond seeks community’s input and

will use survey results will help identity community priorities

Members of the steering committee for the city’s visioning initiative, Visioning 2014 & Beyond, are working over the next few days to gather community input regarding both St. Augustine today and what St. Augustine may be and could be tomorrow.

The members of the committee are using a simple 10-question survey to measure the pulse of the community by asking interviewees how they feel about the city and how would they like to feel, what words would they use to describe St. Augustine, and to list three things they like about St. Augustine, three things they dislike, and three things that are missing from the city that they would like to see. Also, interviewees will be asked to specify items they would like to see considered in the visioning initiative.

But the members of the committee can only reach so many people, so the city is asking the community to use this web site (see below) to complete the survey on their own and at their own convenience. The survey may be completed online; may be downloaded, completed and returned via email as a PDF; or or printed, completed and brought or mailed to City Hall. All options are available below. The deadline for the survey is Noon on Thursday, July 17.

When the steering committee meets on Monday, July 21 at 3:00pm, one of its tasks will be to review and compile the surveys identifying the community's priorities and will used that information as the basis of the work in coming weeks.

It is hoped that even though the time frame is short, the community will embrace this simple opportunity to be a part of Visioning 2014 & Beyond by participating in this survey. Like voting, every voice counts.

June 25 - City Commission approves funding and plan for Visioning 2014 & Beyond

The City Commission voted unanimously on Monday, June 23 to accept the recommendation of the Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee  to accept the plan and fees proposed by Herb Marlowe of Analytica, the committee’s facilitator, for the completion of the visioning initiative.

The next step will be for Marlowe to meet with city staff and outline a work plan and calendar since the remainder of the visioning imitative is expected to take several months. Discussions will also include specific areas of responsibility for Analytica, the committee and city staff.

Until the work schedule is developed, no meeting date may be set for Marlowe to meet and start work with the steering committee, but it is expected before the end of July and, once the process starts it is expected to move at an aggressive pace.

The portion of Monday’s City Commission meeting regarding the proposal may be seen by clicking here.

The accepted proposal and fee schedule are available by clicking here.

June 18 - Visioning Steering committee reviews revised proposal, offers support

The Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee met on Tuesday, June 17 to review the most recent proposal from Herb Marlowe of Analytica, the group’s facilitator for the first phase of the initiative. The revised proposal, designed to take the initiative through to completion, offered a new and more specific plan and a lower fee schedule than a previous proposal.

The hour long meeting resulted in a consensus of support for the proposal and the accompanying fee schedule. Commissioner Roxanne Horvath, who serves as the committee’s chair, will report to the city commission at its meeting on Monday, June 23 that the committee wishes to continue the process with the services of Analytica at the stated fee of $59,500.

To view the revised proposal from Mr. Marlowe, click here.

The meeting is available for viewing on-demand under the “Miscellaneous meetings” tab at www.CoSATV.com or by clicking here.

If the commission approves the plan and fees the steering committee will meet with Marlowe early in July to continue its work which includes, with much community input, the identification of four primary goals and a resulting plan for their implementation.

Specific points made during the committee’s meeting in addition to a continued relationship with Analytica are:

• Commissioner Horvath, in her role as committee chair, will guide the process by working closely with the facilitator ensuring he is fully aware of the committee’s priorities, and will report frequently to the city commission on the visioning initiative’s work.

• Prior to the next meeting with the facilitator, committee members should conduct their own informal outreach efforts to the community so that in addition to their own observations they will bring others’ perspectives to the process. So that all committee members are seeking the same general information, suggested questions will be offered for their use.

• Following an agreement with Analytica for the remainder of the initiative, staff will develop a calendar that will outline a schedule of committee meetings, town hall meetings and other significant dates through to the end of the process for the benefit of both the committee and the general public.

June 9 - Steering Committee members offer reports to Commission

In response to a request by the City Commission at its May 12 meeting, members of the Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee offered brief reports regarding the progress of the initiative thus far and recommendations on the next best step.

Four committee members delivered clear, personal and honest observations of the process and were inclusive offering their individual points of view, but also reporting on the consensus of the committee. An additional committee member was scheduled to offer comments, Philip McDaniel, but because of his resignation from the committee he felt he should not offer a report.

To view the committee members' reports on-demand at www.CoSATV.com, click here.

Following the steering committee members’ reports, the Commission was informed that Herb Marlowe, the Visioning 2014 & Beyond’s facilitator, has submitted a revised proposed plan and fee schedule for the completion of the visioning initiative, and that the steering committee will review that plan at a meeting on Tuesday, June 17 from 4:00pm until 5:00pm in The Alcazar Room. Then, based on that meeting, the committee will offer its recommended action to the Commission at its June 23 meeting.

May 23 - Steering Committee meeting

The Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee met on Thursday, May 22 with the foremost topic being a report requested by the City Commission regarding the visioning initiative. At its May 12 meeting, the Commission decided that before it took any further action regarding the visioning initiative,  it would like to hear from five members of the steering committee regarding an evaluation on the work completed thus far, termed as Phase 1, and recommendations as the best next step.

To view the portion of the Commission meeting relative to this topic, click here.

Herb Marlowe, of Analytica and Visioning 2014 & Beyond’s facilitator, reported to the Commission at that same meeting that the work of Phase 1 was complete, and offered a proposal to continue the project, Phases 2-5, at a stated cost of $85,000.

The steering committee's representatives will make their report to Commission at its June 9 meeting.

To view the steering committee's May 22 meeting, click here.

May 6 - Presentation to City Commission

With the steering committee’s workshop held on Saturday, May 3, Visioning 2014 & Beyond concluded Phase 1 which has been focused on developing a proposed process for the initiative to follow through to completion, a process expected to last the remainder of this year.

Earlier this year, the city entered into a contract with Analytica for facilitation services in support of the visioning initiative. The contract was for the first phase of a five-phase proposal with the cost of Phase 1 being $15,000.

At the City Commission meeting on Monday, May 12, Herb Marlowe of Analytica will report to the Commission on the work of Phase 1, and he will offer a proposed process for Phases 2-5. The Commission will then likely consider the process recommended by Analytica and whether to enter into a contract to continue the initiative at a stated cost of $85,000.

April 28 - Visioning 2014 & Beyond holds Town Hall meeting

As part of the initial phase of Visioning 2016 & Beyond, St. Augustine's community-wide visioning initiative, a town hall meeting was held on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00am until 12:00pm at The Treasury on the Plaza.

With approximately 75 people in attendance, the meeting offered the community an opportunity to be a part of this first city visioning initiative since 1995. The meeting presented attendees with hands-on input into the process by which the community will map out a vision for its future.

Part of the meeting included a PowerPoint presentation by the meetings facilitator, Herb Marlowe. To view the presentation, click here.

The next meeting associated with the initiative is a workshop for the steering committee on Saturday, May 3 from 9:00am until 12:00pm. The public is invited to the workshop which will be held in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St.

April 2 - Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee schedules initial workshop

The steering committee tasked with launching St. Augustine’s visioning project, Visioning 2014 & Beyond, will hold its initial workshop on Saturday, April 5. Starting at 9:00am, the three-hour meeting will be held in The Alcazar Room, City Hall (75 King St.) and is be open to the public.

One item to be reviewed will be the steering committee's responses to six survey questions provided by the initiative's facilitator:

  • What are your expected outcomes, desired results or general hopes or the project?
  • How would you judge project success?
  • Do you have any specific expectations of the consulting team?  If so, what are they?
  • Are there any specific process issues, potential pitfalls or errors that we as the consultants should be aware of or sensitive to?
  • Are there any particular topics that should be considered at some point during the project?
  • Is there a community you would like to emulate? Not emulate?

The responses to the survey are available in unedited form here.

March 14 - Staff meets with Analytica

On Tuesday, March 11, Commissioner Roxanne Horvath and members of city staff met with Mr. Herb Marlowe of Analytica, the firm facilitating the Visioning 2014 & Beyond visioning initiative, for the purpose of developing a plan of action to launch the program. Following are notes from that meeting.

I. Phase 1 Objective

The Phase 1 of the visioning initiative is designed to develop a process by which the visioning program will be conducted. At the completion of Phase 1, the Steering Committee will have a vision process plan with which to continue.

II. Survey

On Friday, March 14, members of the steering committee were send a six-question survey (see questions below) through which Analytica will receive a sense of the committee’s preferred direction.

  • What are your expected outcomes, desired results or general hopes or the project?
  • How would you judge project success?
  • Do you have any specific expectations of the consulting team?  If so, what are they?
  • Are there any specific process issues, potential pitfalls or errors that we as the consultants should be aware of or sensitive to?
  • Are there any particular topics that should be considered at some point during the project?
  • Is there a community you would like to emulate? Not emulate?

Anaylitica will use the responses in planning the work for the Steering Committee's initial workshop. 

III. Initial workshop scheduled

There will be three meetings in Phase 1:

  • an initial Steering Committee workshop to review visioning process options and discuss how to best prepare for the Town Hall;
  • the Town Hall offering open participation to the community; and
  • a second Steering Committee workshop to finalize the vision process plan to be presented to the City Commission.

The initial workshop will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 9:00am-12:00pm in The Alcazar Room, City Hall.

 

February 11- Steering Committee hold organizational meeting

The Visioning 2014 & Beyond steering committee met on Thursday, January 9, and will hold its next meeting following the hiring of a facilitator.

In late December, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Professional Consulting Services for City/Community Visioning Initiative Facilitator was published by the city and seven submissions were received by the deadline of January 17, 2014.

The seven submittals were reviewed in accordance with the city’s purchasing procedures which included review and scoring by three staff members working independently of each other. The scores were tallied the top scorers identified.

Per the specifications listed in the RFQ document and with the concurrence of the City Manager staff will contact the highest ranked firm and enter into discussions and negotiations towards securing its services. If those negotiations are not fruitful, staff will then work with the second and then the third ranked firm if necessary.

The top ranked firm is Analytica (Newberry, FL), followed by The Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida/FCRC Consensus Center (Orlando); and Marquis Halback, Inc. (St. Augustine).

Other submittals were from Diane L. Mataraza, Inc. (St. Augustine), Institute for Alternative Futures (Alexandria, VA), Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council (Jacksonville) and the Novack Consulting Group (Cincinnati, OH).

Staff is targeting having secured an agreement with a service provider by early March at which time the 2014 & Beyond Steering Committee will hold its second meeting, one managed by the facilitator.

 

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