At a February 2019 retreat, City Council developed a strategic plan and organizational goals for the coming one-to-two years. This included the vision statement: “Upper Arlington’s community pride, thoughtful planning, collaborative approach, and financial stability are the cornerstones of our success. Together we meet the health, safety, recreational, educational and cultural needs of our citizens, businesses and families, while nurturing connections, volunteerism and leadership.”
An area of focus brought to the City’s attention thanks to the work of Equal UA, is a strong desire to explore options for the advancement of the community as place that is welcoming, cohesive and inclusive. To help us get there, UA resident Floyd Akins is leading a community relations assessment effort that is seeking to uncover the issues requiring our attention AND to develop a roadmap that will enable us to build on our strengths and shore up areas of weakness, so that all in our community feel connected, supported and valued.
The Community Relations Assessment process began with two workshops, held in May and June. In total, approximately 100 community members participated, sharing many insights and ideas.
Over the summer, Mr. Akins will be creating a draft report and set of recommendations that will be shared with members of Equal UA and ultimately with City Council in the fall. This is expected to include additional opportunities for community involvement as we move this important issue forward, so we encourage residents to watch for updates and be part of the process.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Community Affairs Division by completing the online email form below.