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Salisbury residents, with support from the City of Salisbury, Rowan County and the Rowan-Salisbury School System, have formed four area action teams to necessary for Salisbury’s future. This is the Community Action Planning program.


In early 2017, a group of more than 20 community stakeholders from organizations including workforce development, religious institutions, the Salisbury Police Department, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Livingstone and Catawba Colleges, and the Salisbury-Rowan NAACP worked together to develop a list of focus areas marked for improvement in the Salisbury community: 

Public Safety: Improving the relationship between residents and Salisbury public safety agencies

Opportunities for Children and Youth: Improving positive experiences for Salisbury youth, increasing high school graduation rate

Improved Community Relations: Stronger neighborhoods, healthier communities and increasing communication

Workforce Development: Improved employment opportunities

Three months later, residents were encouraged to attend at least one of five Community Action Planning Sessions to help develop the vision of a “healthier community that provides a livable environment which is safer, with higher educational achievement, stronger workforce and employment opportunities and better relationships between the community, the City and law enforcement.”

The sessions were held: 

  •  Monday, April 3, 2017 - Wallace Educational Forum, 500 N. Main St., 6 to 8 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Livingstone College, 6 to 8 p.m. 
  •  Saturday, April 8, 2017 - Civic Center, 315 S. MLK Jr. Ave., 10 a.m. to noon 
  •  Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd., 10 a.m. to noon 
  •  Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Cornerstone Church 10 a.m. 

Goal Summary Sessions 

Salisbury residents once again gathered together in August to ensure the goals they developed during the Community Action Planning Sessions were accurate, measurable and achieveable. Facilitator Brenda Anderson presented preliminary data at the Tuesday, Aug. 1 City Council meeting, where she outlined draft strategic goals for each area within one to three-year periods. These subsequent meetings will provide residents an opportunity to approve or modify the goals presented, and create citizen action teams to develop specific next steps for achievement.

Residents and community stakeholders are encouraged to continue to be part of the ongoing process, sign up to be on an action team and attend future sessions.

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Human Relations Manager

Anne Little
(704) 638-5218

Communications Director

Linda McElroy
(704) 638-4460

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Community Relations

Focus Area: Improved Community Relations

Strategic Outcome: Improved community relations with the City and Law Enforcement Agencies
Strategy Goals Target Date Target Date
S1 CR 1: Increase positive male involvement to lower statistics of male absenteeism in the community and families 2020
S1, S3 CR 2: Reduce rate of homelessness in the City by _% 2020
S1 , S3 CR 3: Increase community trust ratio by 30% for City and Law Enforcement 2018 2020
Key Initiatives Community engagement surveys, quarterly town hall and City Council community meetings. Spanish language resources, senior citizen engagement, City-wide neighborhood council, transportation and accessibility resources, housing resources, law enforcement parent and youth education program, community police review board
Contacts Leader: Pastor Dee Ellison, Co-Leader: Benjamin Gonzalez, Team Recorder: Flora Calderon-Steck, Team Coordinator: Liliana Spears
Meeting Dates, Location, Times Second Monday of each month, City Hall Second Floor conference room, 5:30 p.m.

Opportunities for Children and Youth

Focus Area: Opportunities for Children and Youth

Strategic Outcome: Increased high school graduation rate
Strategy Goals Target Date Target Date
S2 CY 1: Implement a parent education initiative in partnership with RSSS and other agencies 2018 2020
S3 CY 2: Increase the number of youth service providers (i.e. Boys and Girls Club) and program offerings 2018 2020
S1, S3 CY 3: Implement a city-sponsored mentoring program in partnership with colleges and community organizations 2018 2020
Key Initiatives Early childhood workshops for parents, transportation and accessibility resources, "Safe Zones", Children and Youth Services resource guide
Contacts Leader: TBA, Co-Leader: TBA, Team Recorder: Susan D'Mello, Team Coordinator: Olen Bruner

Public Safety

Focus Area: Improving Public Safety

Strategic Outcome: Safer Neighborhoods and Healthier Communities
Strategy Goals Target Date Target Date
S1 PS 1: Implement a community policing model throughout the City of Salisbury 2020
S1 PS 2: Achieve population to police staffing ratio of 90-95% 2018
S1 PS 3: Reduce violent crime in city by 30% 2020
Key Initiatives Police staffing and compensation strategy, neighborhood watch process, communication technology and surveillance upgrades, community policing review boards
Contacts Leader: John Schaffer, Co-Leader: TBA, Team Recorder: Karen Jones, Team Coordinator: TBA

Workforce Development

Focus Area: Workforce Development

Strategic Outcome: Improved Employment Opportunities
Strategy Goals Target Date Target Date
S1, S3 WD 1: Increase transportation and access to work resources 2018 2020
S3 WD 2: Increase the number of participants in Second Chance program by _% 2018 2020
S1, S2 WD 3: Increase post high school graduates remaining in the community retention rate by _% 2018 2020
S1, S2 WD 4: Increase the number of workforce development resources by _% 2018 2020
Key Initiatives Early college programs, Youth Entrepreneur program, City and Employer Workforce development partnership (Youth Employment Program, Re-entry workforce resources, etc.), Retention survey, City Ambassador Program, Hope Center
Contacts Team Leader: TBA, Co-Leader: Rod Kerr, Team Recorder: Andrea Bates, Team Coordinator: Becky Albrecht

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