STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2022
Stafford County devised its first-ever Strategic Plan and adopted it in 2018. The plan detailed the six priorities below to move the County toward its 2040 Vision. Actionable initiatives were detailed to achieve work toward each priority. The resulting plan and actionable initiatives were acted upon from 2019 to 2022. There were 33 initiatives, and after three years, 90 percent were completed and 10 percent were still in progress.
Stafford County is a flourishing community that continues to achieve all that our residents, businesses and visitors have come to imagine. From its early beginnings that are deep-rooted in our nation’s history to the evolution into a progressive and well-designed locality, Stafford is a great place to call home. It places its citizens first, ensuring that our heart never changes, our home is always welcoming and our businesses continue to prosper.
Stafford’s smart growth strategy leads with a comprehensive transportation system resulting in safe and efficient travel for residents, businesses and visitors. This approach also includes efforts to preserve and provide access to the county’s vast inventory of natural and historic resources including distinctive historic sites, forests and wetlands along the Potomac River, Potomac Creek, Aquia Creek and the Rappahannock River. These efforts protect thousands of acres of public parklands for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Stafford County Public Schools represent the highest-quality education in the Commonwealth, preparing our children for the future. Stafford expands continuing learning options for our residents and businesses by partnering with institutions like the University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College, assuring local access to first-rate post-secondary education.
Stafford’s ideal location between Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA, along with its business-friendly environment and impeccable reputation, attracts and retains world-class businesses and the region’s most highly educated and skilled workforce.
Stafford is one of the region’s safest and most desired locations in which to live, work, play and raise a family. Unique and inviting neighborhoods are the centerpieces of development and feature walkable urban experiences, anchored by arts and cultural amenities. Downtown Stafford is a nationally recognized district, providing a variety of authentic shopping, service and dining opportunities, along with the best recreational and entertainment venues in the community and the region.
Local government and elected leaders are invested and engaged with a governance philosophy that is fiscally efficient in delivering core services responsive to the ever-changing needs of this multi-dimensional community.