The Greensboro City Council spent two full days last week with an out-of-state facilitator at its annual retreat.

The work product from that retreat was a new “city vision” statement and a new list of priorities.

The old vision statement and list of priorities was from 2021 and was created by the City Council working with a different city manager and a different facilitator.

Evidently vision statements and priorities don’t have much of a shelf life.

The old, worn out city vision statement was, “Building on our history as a diverse and forward-thinking city, Greensboro is a community with endless economic opportunity and an exceptional quality of life.”

Why quality of life is in bold is unknown.

The new vision statement, the result of the City Council spending two days with the city manager, four assistant city managers, other senior city staff and the facilitator is: “Greensboro will be a community with endless economic opportunities and an exceptional quality of life.”

In the new vision statement, Greensboro loses its history, is no longer diverse or forward thinking but it does still have endless economic opportunities and exceptional quality of life, but quality of life is no longer considered bold.

The old priorities according to a report from the assistant to the city manager April Albritton were:

  • Affordable housing
  • Public safety
  • Public transportation
  • Equitable investment
  • Trash removal
  • Homelessness assistance
  • Job opportunities
  • Sustainability

The new priorities were finished up on Friday afternoon, Feb. 3, as the penultimate item on the schedule.  The final item was for councilmembers to explain the artwork they had done on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The new priorities are:

  • Safest city
  • Most skilled workforce (in targeted industries)
  • Youth sports capital in the SE
  • Easiest place to do business
  • Most connected city
  • Entertainment and recreation hub (amenitized)
  • Adequate supply of attainable housing options

So public transportation, trash removal, sustainability and equitable investment are no longer key priorities for the City Council.

However, youth sports, entertainment and recreation and being the easiest place to do business are.