January 7, 2003

York Region seeking public input on performance measurement of its 25-year strategic plan

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York is seeking public input on how the success of its 25-year strategic plan, Vision 2026, should be measured.

"We want to know what types of performance indicators would tell our citizens that Vision 2026's activities and initiatives are on the road to success," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "In other words, what measures would show residents that York Region is creating strong, caring and safe communities, the goal of Vision 2026?"

In April, York Region released its roadmap to where it wants to be in the next 25 years, based on consultation with members of Regional Council, staff and the community. Vision 2026 is guiding the Region forward and helping it maintain the quality of life residents expect and seek for their children and grandchildren. It includes a vision statement, eight goal areas and corresponding action areas.

"As part of our commitment to our citizens, we will be reporting on the progress of Vision 2026 on an annual basis, with our first report in Spring 2003," said Markham Regional Councillor Frank Scarpitti, Chair of the Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee.

A workbook has been developed to help the public decide how Vision 2026 should be measured. The workbook is divided into sections for each of the eight goal areas with specific reporting areas intended for the first Vision 2026 Annual Progress Report. These include meaningful performance measures, and successes and innovations over the past year. The workbook is available online on the Region's Web site.

Two public forums are also planned for Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at the York Region South Services Centre in Richmond Hill and on Thursday, January 30, 2003, at the York Region Administrative Centre in Newmarket. Both forums will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Feedback may also submitted on-line by reading the interactive workbook, which will also be available in Chinese, Farsi, French, Italian, Punjabi and Russian as of January 10. For more information, contact John Waller at (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1525.

Contact: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238

- Email: wendy.lewis@region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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