Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners 2012 Workshop Session: The Economic Impact of Poverty
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners developed a new strategic vision to improve the quality of life for Pinellas County residents. The groundwork to address this vision was undertaken by county departments (Health and Human Services, Justice and Consumer Services, Community Development, Economic Development, Code Enforcement, and Planning) through a series of workshops that provided an avenue for these departments to reassess their core services to ensure they align with the Board’s Strategic Direction. In an effort to review and determine whether the core services provided by these departments align with current community needs, this workgroup took an economic approach to identify which constituents are the greatest users of county resources, recognizing limitations in available funds and the complexity of issues our communities face. The economic approach entailed two phases: identifying specific zones within Pinellas County that have high concentrations of poverty and small return to our tax base and outlining specific suggestions on strategic initiatives that align with the Board’s Strategic Direction and will impact overall community outcomes without incurring in additional costs.
Actionable Analytics LLC’s Joe Baldwin was the lead researcher on this project and contributed to the write-up.