Orange Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Retreat

February 11. 2011 -- 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Southern Human Services Center, Chapel Hill, NC




Attendees:Board members, Manager, Assistant County Managers, County Attorney, Clerk to the Board, Interim Economic Development Director 



         Develop a standard policy to govern citizen advisory committees (CAC) and note exceptions (areas to customize, e.g., scope, purpose).

         Outline a process for applying new standard policy and specific, customized policies.

         Share information about past, present, and future economic development efforts, both BOCC and staff.

         Gain BOCC direction about how to organize and structure an Economic Development Commission.


9:00 a.m.††††††††††††† Welcome††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ChairBernadette Pelissier


Check in, clarify expectations for the day and agree on agenda ††††††††††††††† Facilitator(s)


9:15 a.m.††††††††††††† Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Facilitator(s)

A.      What areas does the BOCC want to consolidate under a standard policy for CACís?

B.      In what areas does the BOCC want to apply customized policies?


10:30 a.m.†††††††††† Break


10:45 a.m.†††††††††† Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC) Ė continued††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Facilitator(s)

C.      Which CACís belong in an initial group for BOCC to review and apply customized polices in 2011?

D.      How will we accomplish this conversion?

E.       What are any remaining next steps?


12:00 noon††††††††† Lunch


12:30 p.m.†††††††††† Economic Development ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Manager Frank Clifton

A.      Building on Past Efforts Ė Creating a Future Focus and Notes from November 2009 retreat

B.      Status of Orange County Economic Development

C.      Sales Tax and Property Tax Information as an Overview

D.      Managerís report:Current (and Future) Focus Points for County Efforts








1:00 p.m.†††††††††††† BOCC Discussion

A.      Are the activities listed as Focus Points in concert with the themes and definitions you adopted in November 2009? (see A above)

B.      Do you agree that these activities should be the focus for you/staff in 2011?

C.      How often and under what circumstances do you want to revisit these and make adjustments?


1:45 p.m.†††††††††††† Options for Structuring Economic Development†††††††††††††† †† Prof. Jonathan Morgan

A. ††Examine how other counties in NC organize and structure their economic development function and utilize their advisory boards

B. ††Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of alternative ways of organizing county economic development efforts

C. ††Revisit the purpose and makeup of the Orange County economic development advisory board


2:30 p.m. †††††††††† Break


2:45 p.m.†††††††††††† Gauging BOCC support for various organizing options

A.      What organizing options help you further your economic development efforts?

B.      Consider, if time:How do the CAC policy guidelines (generated during the morning) apply to EDC?


3:30 p.m.†††††††††††† Miscellaneous items as needed, next steps


4:00 p.m.†††††††††††† Adjourn