Litchfield, June 25, 2021 – The MRC Pontiac unveil their Vision 2030 Strategic Development Plan
During the June 16th virtual meeting of the MRC Pontiac Regional Council of Mayors, the Pontiac Vision 2030 Strategic Development Plan was both unveiled and adopted.
The Vision 2030 strategic planning exercise began in the fall of 2020. After initial discussions with the Regional Council and the MRC economic development staff, a strong desire was expressed to work towards the adoption of a realistic plan with clear actions and accountability built in. It was then decided to hold a series of public consultations for the Vision 2030 plan in conjunction with the consultations already booked for the revision of the land-use plan. An online and paper survey was also launched, as well as a virtual working session, and various email and social media campaigns.
Two working committees composed of elected officials, MRC staff, and representatives from the education, health and forestry sectors, were then established to take part in the reflection process and to analyse the results of the public consultation sessions. A number of meetings were also held with the Regional Council of Mayors, including an analysis exercise in collaboration with the Observatoire du développement de l’Outaouais (ODO). These working sessions guided by Mathias Péloquin of Visages Régionaux, a territorial marketing and community development firm that was hired to help with the redaction of the plan, had the goal to provide a detailed portrait of the MRC’s situation in terms of strengths, weaknesses, threats, and potential opportunities.
‘’This is a very important milestone for the MRC Pontiac. The widespread consultations conducted last fall with our residents and businesses gave us the reassurance that we are moving in the right direction with our strategic planning. As we move towards revitalization and prosperity in the next 10 years of development, we can be assured that we have a good plan and vision to guide us. Many people took part in this exercise and I would like to thank them warmly for their contribution and collaboration,’’ expressed Jane Toller, Warden of the MRC Pontiac.
The analysis of this report quickly led the committee and MRC staff to base the strategic development plan on the following pillars: a shared vision, a synergy between the community and local stakeholders, the promising sectors for the future of the territory, and available resources. The following sectors were identified as the main focus of the strategic plan: tourism, culture & heritage, economic growth, agriculture, socio-community development, environment, and forestry. The various steps and meetings leading up to the presentation of the final plan also allowed for a review of the mission, vision and values of the MRC as a whole.
“Strategic planning is a vital process for good governance in any organization, and I would like to congratulate all the staff who contributed to the redaction of this document. In particular, I would like to thank our Director of Economic Development, Ms. Cyndy Phillips, for her coordination in all aspects of this project. This plan is a living document that will be reviewed regularly by a monitoring committee and we intend to keep the public informed every step of the way,” concluded Mr. Bernard Roy, Director General of the MRC.
The strategic plan is available online on the MRC website at the following link: https://www.mrcpontiac.qc.ca/en/pontiac-vision-2030-strategic-development-plan/