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Visioning 2014 & Beyond

Update Archive

 

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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