Marion leaders set priorities during strategic planning retreat

Beth Jones

JASPER, Tenn. - The only way to address problems is to make a plan, and that's what the Marion County Commission has been doing recently.

At the board's April meeting, County Mayor David Jackson said Marion leaders had a lengthy strategic planning meeting in February.

Beth Jones, executive director for the Southeast Tennessee Development District, said county leaders came together over two days to examine a number of issues facing Marion.

"Not only did they talk with one another, but also listened to some outside professionals who came in to provide some information," she said.

It wasn't just problems that the commissioners explored, though.

Jones said they looked at some of the successes that were accomplished by the board in the last year.

"I want to highlight those because we often get caught up in our challenges, and we don't take enough time to take a look at the things that we were able to accomplish when we work together for the better good of the county," she said.

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