New Vision for Corinth

New Vision for Corinth

New Vision for Corinth

by Steve Gamel

Call him old fashioned, but Bob Hart has always had an appreciation for even the smallest of details. For example, when he was appointed Corinth’s new City Manager in January 2017, he admits one of the first things that caught his eye was the Corinthian-style architecture throughout City Hall – especially the intricate design on its facade and rooftop.

“I loved that they tied that timeless look back into the name of the city,” Hart said. “I appreciated that detail.”

Since then, Hart, along with the city council and staff, have been tirelessly looking for ways to not only build on that timeless identity and small-town feel but also create an environment where residents are acutely aware of the input they have on fulfilling those goals and preparing for future trends in the city they happily call home.

Hart believes there was a significant step forward in that mission with the adoption of a strategic plan called Corinth 2030.

The plan serves as a development guide to help officials determine where to focus their efforts between now and 2030. Its approach centers on attracting quality residential and non-residential development, increasing citizen engagement and proactive government, and focusing on regional cooperation among all the Lake Cities communities.

Per the city website, the plan outlines three areas of recommended strategies and actions:

  • Land development strategies, including policies that will determine the use of land and the aesthetics for all public and private development in town
  • Infrastructure development strategies, including physical infrastructure such as water, sewer, roadways and drainage, and funding-related policies and policies that relate to human capacity building
  • Economic development strategies, including activities that will ultimately increase tax revenues

Corinth offers an outstanding quality of life with great educational and recreational amenities. But there is always room for improvement. In terms of the citizen engagement and proactive government piece, the city has redesigned its logo to play up its Corinthian architecture look and feel and will be inclusive of updates to all city paraphernalia and vehicles. The city has also recently updated their website, to be launched in June.

The website was organized and designed based on input from resident focus groups and what they wanted to see most. In the next few months, residents can also expect the launch of a mobile app.

“The website is tailored to what residents want to see,” Hart said. “We used results from resident surveys to discover why they go to the website and what information they are seeking. It allowed them to be a part of the process and provide input.
No matter what outlet they utilize, we want residents to feel engaged with us and empowered to find information on their own.”

To provide transparency and accountability, timely and accurate information, and public engagement, Hart said the city distributes information for residents daily on Facebook, Nextdoor, and Twitter along with their current Corinth Connections newsletter. A Communications Ambassadors Program was also created to share information about City initiatives through a grassroots, word-of-mouth strategy. The ambassador program is expanding from nine members to 12, will meet six times a year, and will make communication suggestions to staff based on feedback from residents.

“From the city council to the mayor, everyone is enthusiastic and engaged,” Hart said. “Everyone is focused and working together for a better future for Corinth.”


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