Process Overview

For communities to thrive there must be a strategic, long-range plan for the future. The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce facilitated this strategic planning process to develop Conway2025, our community’s long-range plan.

The first step was public input through a short survey to identify local priorities. Over 1,400 Conway area residents participated in the survey. This almost tripled our goal of 500 responses. The survey asked residents to prioritize 43 possible focus areas. The Conway2025 steering committee identified twelve areas that stood out among the survey responses.

  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety
  • Job Creation
  • Minority Affairs
  • Public Transportation
  • Arts and Culture
  • Drainage
  • Land Use and Planning
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Downtown
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

During the survey process, respondents were asked if they were willing to help write the plan. Over 300 people volunteered. This also exceeded our expectations. Over 200 area residents participated in over 50 meetings to set the goals for each focus area.

Once goals were established for the twelve focus areas, they were rewritten for consistency and condensed where overlap occurred. It became obvious that the plan could then be reduced to seven sector groups.

  • Keep Conway Moving
  • Keep Conway Active
  • Keep Conway Building
  • Keep Conway Working
  • Keep Conway Safe
  • Keep Conway Creative
  • Keep Conway Learning

This document is designed to serve a number of purposes towards achieving the goals that follow.

  • Hold community leaders accountable to progress towards these goals.
  • Identify the measures (financial, public policy, partnerships, awareness) necessary to achieve each goal.
  • Inform the community about the desired direction of Conway.
  • Identify stakeholders who are necessary partners in the successful implementation of Conway2025.
  • Identify next steps towards putting this plan into action.
  • Solicit further community participation in the Conway2025 process.