DEMOGRAPHIC GOALS

 

DG-1 Encourage young adults to stay in Highland and seek to attract young families with children.

                                                                                                                                                                                          

DG-2 Provide assistance, public policy, and support services for the elderly so they may lead fulfilling lives and be 

             effective participants in the community.

 

DG-3 Determine ways to increase access to services by local residents living at or below the poverty level.

 

                  

 

DEMOGRAPHIC OBJECTIVES

 

DO-1 Encourage business opportunities for entrepreneurs who may want to stay in, or move to, Highland.

 

DO-2 Encourage young families to stay in, or return to, Highland.

 

DO-3 Provide services and programs that encourage independent living and assisted living options for older

          residents.

 

DO-4 Provide services to enable older residents to live in in-home family situations longer (eg. home health,

          hospice, senior center.)

 

DO-5 Pursue ways to encourage retired residents with needed skills to participate in the workforce and volunteer 

           force of the county.

 

 

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROPOSED METHODS OF ASSISTING THE COUNTY IN ACHEVING ITS DEMOGRAPHICS GOALS
AND OBJECTIVES

 

 

DEMOGRAPHIC STRATEGIES

TARGET DATE

       RESPONSIBILITY      

 

DS-1 Conduct a study to determine the need for a

         child care center to be operated by either

         public or private organizations.

 

 

    

December 2012

 

Economic Development Authority (EDA) & Department of Social Services

 

DS-2 Market the county’s low crime rate and

          “family-oriented” sense of community as

          being an ideal place to raise a family.

 

 

 

Continuous

 

 

Chamber of Commerce

 

DS-3 Market the quality of Highland’s public

          school system as an asset of the county.

 

 

Continuous

 

School Superintendent, Chamber of Commerce & REACH

 

DS-4 Market the availability of current and

         planned technology infrastructure.

 

 

Continuous

 

 

EDA

 

DS-5 Conduct a study of job needs in the county and

         market openings to young adults.

         Support job and trade training, if necessary,

         through targeted school and community

         college programs.

 

 

 

 

December 2012

 

 

 

EDA & REACH

 

DS-6 Conduct a study to identify anticipated

         future services as residents in the county age.

         Report business opportunities to provide

         these services.

 

 

 

Completed by June 2012

 

Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) and Social Services in conjunction with colleges & universities in the Shenandoah Valley

 

 

DS-7 Ensure ordinances enable and not discourage

         multi-generational family living

         arrangements.

 

 

To be included in next revision of Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance

 

Highland County Planning Commission and Zoning Administrator

 

DS-8 Conduct a study on the need for constructing

         and operating independent living and assisted

         living facilities in the county.

 

 

Completed within three years of adoption of Comprehensive Plan.

 

EDA research and authenticate requirement. If valid, solicit commercial entity to establish.

 

DS-9 Support job and trade training, if necessary,       

         through targeted school and community

         college programs.

 

 

 

Continuous

 

 

EDA and Highland County Public Schools

 


The resources the county has identified to assist in conducting the studies include the following list of agencies and organizations among others:

 

      

      l      Central Shenandoah District Planning Commission

      

      l      Highland County Economic Development Authority

      

      l       Highland County Chamber of Commerce

      

      l       Highland County Public Schools

      

      l       Highland County Planning Commission

      

      l       Valley Program for Aging Services

       

      l       Department of Social Services

     

      l       Shenandoah Valley Partnership

 

      l       The Highlanc Center

 

Filler to take up the space on the right of the previous table.

                                  

                                  

                                  

                                  

                                  

              

 




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