Editorial: The top 3 — It’s clear what Anniston needs. Now to get to the doing.
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Oct 31, 2013 | 2151 views |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Repeat after us.

Schools.

Economic development, particularly at McClellan.

Public safety.

The city of Anniston may have other items on its wish list, but none are more urgently needed than the three above.

Not surprisingly, they all fit together, meaning it’s rare to succeed at one or two without the other.

Top-notch schools produce a talented workforce for a community. Strong schools train future doctors, lawyers, engineers and other professionals as well as skilled technicians. An employment base with a healthy mix of all of the above is extremely attractive to businesses and manufacturers.

Attracting new businesses and manufacturers and retaining established ones keep a local economy humming right along.

A healthy local economy creates a bountiful tax base that funds a top-notch police force. A fat bank account at city hall also puts investments in anti-poverty programs that cut a crime rate at the quick.

We were pleased — though not at all surprised — to see the city’s strategic planning process revealed the same priorities from city residents. These same needs rose to the top in previous opinion surveys and during the 2012 municipal elections.

Say them again.

Schools.

Economic development, particularly at McClellan.

Public safety.

We’re anxious to see this process move from talking to doing. The public will be asked to offer ideas for achieving these priorities during a November meeting at the Anniston City Meeting Center.

Those suggestions will form the basis of a long-term strategic plan.

We hope that this plan will do more than collect dust on a high shelf. Instead, it should inform how the city spends its time and money. The bulk of both should go to:

Schools.

Economic development, particularly at McClellan.

Public safety.
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