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Focus Groups

Expectations of Focus Group Participants
  
  Focus Group Areas:


  Community Health and Well-Being

  Economic Development

  Education

  Public Safety

  Quality of Life

  Transportation





County citizens are encouraged to participate in upcoming strategic plan focus groups that will work collaboratively with Board of Supervisors members and County staff to help create the Community Strategic Plan.  
 
Broad goals and objectives outlined by the Focus Groups will be used to shape the future strategic direction of Roanoke County over the next several years.

SMART Principles to guide Focus Group discussions:

Sustainable - Can the goals and objectives be maintained over time?
Measureable - Can performance toward the goals be measured?
Actionable - Is it within the authority of the governing body?
Realistic - Is it feasible, economically and politically?
Timebound - Can it be achieved in a reasonable timeframe?


Each Focus Group was hosted by a Board of Supervisors member with the exception of the Education group, which was hosted by the Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent. Each Focus Group was facilitated by Roanoke County staff. Focus Groups met four times this spring beginning the week of February 29.

Focus Group meetings were open to the public and all interested citizens were encouraged to attend and participate in the meetings. Residents who signed up in advance for these meetings were assigned to Focus Groups that best matched their interests as space allowed. Information and updates about the Focus Group topics was sent to these individuals via email.

While attending every meeting was not mandatory, we encouraged all participants to attend each of the four focus group meetings if possible, in order to receive consistent citizen input throughout the process.




Focus Group Areas


Community Health and Well-Being Focus Group

Community Health and Well-Being
 
The Community Health and Well-Being Focus Group will meet from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:

 Meeting  Date  Location  Meeting Notes
 Meeting 1  Monday, February 29 South County Library,
Rooms 1&2


Meeting 1 Presentation

Meeting 1 Notes


 Meeting 2  Monday, March 14 South County Library,
Rooms 1&2
Photo Link
Meeting 2 Presentation

Meeting 2 Notes

Meeting 2 Notes Amended

 Meeting 3  Monday, April 4 (Note: Location Change)

Social Services Building,
Room 201



Meeting 3 Presentation

Meeting 3 Notes
 Meeting 4  Monday, April 25

Presentation of Proposed Strategic Initiatives

           
South County Library,
Auditorium and            
Rooms 1&2


See Combined Meeting 4 Below


Host: Supervisor Hooker.

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Economic Development Focus Group

Economic Development Focus Group

 The Economic Development Focus Group will meet from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:

 Meeting  Date  Location  Meeting Notes
 Meeting 1  Thursday, March 3 South County Library,
Auditorium
Photo Link

Meeting 1 Presentation

Meeting 1 Notes


 Meeting 2  Thursday, March 17 South County Library,
Rooms 1&2

Meeting 2 Presentation

Meeting 2 Notes

Meeting 2 Notes Amended

 Meeting 3  Thursday, April 7 (Note: Location Change)

Vinton War Memorial


Meeting 3 Presentation
 
Meeting 3 Notes

 Meeting 4  Thursday, April 28 Presentation of Proposed Strategic Initiatives

           
Vinton War Memorial 


See Combined Meeting 4 Below


Co-Hosts: Chairman Peters & Supervisor Bedrosian.

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Education Focus Group

Education Focus Group

The Education Focus Group will meet from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:

 Meeting  Date  Location  Meeting Notes
 Meeting 1  Monday, February 29 Northside High School,
Cafeteria
Meeting 1 Presentation

Meeting 1 Notes

 
 Meeting 2  Monday, March 14 Northside High School, Library
Photo Link

Meeting 2 Presentation

Meeting 2 Notes

 Meeting 3  Monday, April 4 Northside High School, Library

Meeting 3 Presentation

Meeting 3 Notes

 Meeting 4  Monday, April 25



Presentation of Proposed Strategic Initiatives

           
South County Library,
Auditorium and           
Rooms 1&2


See Combined Meeting 4 Below


Host: Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Killough.

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Public Safety Focus Group

Public Safety Focus Group

 The Public Safety Focus Group will meet from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:


 Meeting  Date  Location  Meeting Notes
 Meeting 1  Monday, February 29 Public Safety Center,
E.O.C. Room
Photo Link

Meeting 1 Presentation

Meeting 1 Notes

 
 Meeting 2  Monday, March 14 Public Safety Center,
E.O.C. Room

Meeting 2 Presentation

Meeting 2 Notes

 Meeting 3  Monday, April 4 (Note: Location Change)

South County Library,
Rooms 1&2


Meeting 3 Presentation

Meeting 3 Notes
 Meeting 4  Monday, April 25


Presentation of Proposed Strategic Initiatives

           
South County Library,
Auditorium and           
Rooms 1&2


See Combined Meeting 4 Below


Host: Chairman Peters.

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Quality of Life Focus Group

Quality of Life Focus Group

 The Quality of Life Focus Group will meet from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:

 Meeting  Date  Location  Meeting Notes
 Meeting 1  Monday, February 29 Brambleton Center,
Community Room
Photo Link

Meeting 1 Presentation

Meeting 1 Notes

 
 Meeting 2  Monday, March 14 Brambleton Center,
Community Room

Meeting 2 Presentation

Meeting 2 Notes

 Meeting 3  Monday, April 4 (Note: Location Change)

Glenvar Middle School Forum


Meeting 3 Presentation

Meeting 3 Notes
 Meeting 4

 Monday, April 25



Presentation of Proposed Strategic Initiatives

           
South County Library,
Auditorium and           
Rooms 1&2


See Combined Meeting 4 Below


Co-Hosts: Vice Chairman McNamara & Supervisor Bedrosian.

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Transportation Focus Group

Transportation Focus Group

The Transportation Focus Group will meet from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:

 Meeting  Date  Location  Meeting Notes
 Meeting 1  Thursday, March 3 Vinton War Memorial
Photo Link

Meeting 1 Presentation

Meeting Notes

 Meeting 2  Thursday, March 17 Vinton War Memorial

Meeting 2 Presentation

Meeting 2 Notes

 Meeting 3  Thursday, April 7 (Note: Location Change)

Public Safety Center,
E.O.C. Room


Meeting 3 Presentation

Meeting 3 Notes 

 

 Meeting 4  Thursday, April 28 Presentation of Proposed Strategic Initiatives

Vinton War Memorial


See Combined Meeting 4 Below

Host: Supervisor Assaid.

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Combined Focus Group Meeting 4 (All Focus Group Areas)

Focus Group Meeting 4

The fourth Focus Group meeting was consolidated to present Proposed Strategic Initiatives developed from the Topics, Goals, and Objectives discussed by each Focus Group Area at the previous three meetings. The fourth meeting was held April 25 at South County Library and at Vinton War Memorial April 28. Attendees to each meeting were invited to leave comments about each Proposed Strategic Initiative.


Presentation and Handouts Meeting Notes with Comments
Meeting 4 Presentation
(large PDF, 20 MB)


April 25 Meeting Notes
Meeting Agenda

Meeting Handout

(combined notes from all previous
Focus Group Area meetings)


April 28 Meeting Notes

Photo Link

 


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Additional Information
For more information about the community strategic planning process please contact Dan O'Donnell, Assistant County Administrator, at (540) 772-2017.

South County Library, 
Rooms 1&2