The Virginia Beach City Council began it's 2011 Retreat this afternoon, in the conference room of the Department of Economic Development (DED).
The session started with Facilitator Lyle Sumek covering trends in areas of impact: retail, housing, Federal government (including military), and citizen behavior towards public officials.
After that, Sumek had two exercises for Council. First, to list their successes of the past year. Second, each Councilmen's three top priorities from the following areas: what they'd like to see in the next 5 years, major challenges, and items for this year. Lyle will do formal write-ups this evening and have copies in the morning. As I should be able to get copies, I'll post Council's replies from the official documents. (I have some incomplete notes from the second exercise.)
From the Council telephone interviews there are 60 issue items. Also, the City Manager and the chiefs were asked for items they felt were important for the coming year.
Adjournment for the day was at about 3:45 P.M. Council reconvenes Saturday at 8:30 A.M.