Planning Builds Capacity to Achieve New Albany Community Vision

The intrinsic relationship between strategic planning and economic development is critical to New Albany’s recent success in attracting industry leaders in information technology, personal care and beauty, health and life sciences. life and high-tech manufacturing while achieving robust growth among existing businesses.

Since adopting the city’s first strategic plan in 1998, New Albany has worked with residents and businesses in updates to our strategic plan to create an enviable work-life balance while guiding commercial development that generates revenue to support ever-expanding amenities, services and infrastructure. .

This planning process articulates our community’s shared vision for the future. Our economic development team translates this vision into concrete, proactive goals that ensure that all development – ​​residential and commercial – aligns with our aspirations, contributes to our quality of life, supports the long-term growth of our community and enhances our competitiveness. regional.

Our success is also the result of an economic development team that strives to create a friendly, supportive and inclusive business climate, from the smallest merchant to the largest company. We work with employers to identify and implement strategies that can improve their ability to retain and grow their workforce.

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Attracting new business and encouraging business expansion increases our tax base, generates sustainable income and improves our overall quality of life. Today, income taxes, much of which come from the 19,000 jobs created at the New Albany International Business Park, generate about 85% of the city’s general fund revenue.

Growth has not come without challenges, but strategic planning allows New Albany to take a forward-thinking approach to shaping the built environment, from creating community gathering places to building the infrastructure to successfully accommodate future expansion without compromising our quality of life.

The planning also allowed us to achieve the tremendous alignment and consensus between the City of New Albany, local schools in New Albany-Plain, the Township of Plain, The New Albany Co., the New Albany Chamber of Commerce and the New Albany Community Foundation which has enabled us to accomplish so much in a relatively short time.

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The 205-acre New Albany-Plain Local Schools Campus, with its own nature preserve and the growing number of shops and restaurants in Market Square, demonstrates the commitment to our long-term plan to creating an active and pedestrian-friendly community. The planning guidelines that our community wrote collectively led to the recent opening of Rose Run Park, with the Raines Crossing Pedestrian Bridge and Boardwalk connecting our schools and our Cultural Arts District, including the Jeanne B Community Arts Center McCoy and the new Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater, as well as our Market Square shops and restaurants.

With the growing number of private investments in our business park, we have more resources to expand Rose Run Park to the east with a veterans’ memorial and create two new destination parks.

As we continue to experience substantial growth in our business park, residents and businesses can be confident that future development will protect public and private investment over the long term.

Jennifer Chrysler is New Albany’s Director of Community Development.

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