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What do you think Williamsburg should prioritize the next 2 years? Let the city know through this

The Williamsburg City Council met virtually on Thursday to join William and Mary's "Healthy Together: A Community Commitment" to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (WYDaily/Joint Base Langely-Eustis)
(WYDaily file/Joint Base Langely-Eustis)

The city of Williamsburg launched an online survey that asks residents to provide input on the priorities the city should set for the next two years.

Every two years, the Williamsburg City Council identifies strategic objectives for the city government.

The Goals, Initiatives, and Outcomes document is an expression of the city’s priorities. This GIO-specific survey aims to collect what citizens feel the city’s focus should be over the next two years.

The Goals, Initiatives and Outcomes Public Survey can be found here. It closes at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30.

Williamsburg has engaged in the GIO process to establish a two-year work plan since the 1990s, according to a news release from the city.

The process typically includes public meetings to gather input from residents. To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the city has opted to use the survey to hear from residents.

Public meetings specific to the GIOs may occur in 2021.

In August, the National Community Survey was sent to randomly selected residents.

Though the results also guide the city in establishing priorities, it is separate from this GIO survey, which is open to all Williamsburg residents.

The 2019/2020 GIO document can be found on the city website.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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