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Greensboro City Council retreat begins Thursday

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro City Council leaders are to brainstorm plans for the new year in their annual retreat.

In a five-hour retreat, the council will address five M.A.P. goals (management, accountability and performance), then rank them in order of priority for execution.

At the top of the list is to create an environment to promote development opportunities and job creation.

Council member Marikay Abuzuaiter said building upon Greensboro's strengths will attract visitors and big businesses.

"City Council cannot actually create jobs but we can certainly create the environment to entice companies to come," Abuzuaiter said.

Goal number two will address maintaining the infrastructure and provide sustainable growth opportunities.

The third goal will be to promote public safety and reduce crime.

Abuzuaiter said that building community relationships with the police force, with programs like Family Justice Center, help save money and resources.

"This is not only going to help reduce crime but also help reduce the cost involved with this person and the other agencies having to work so hard to wrap around that victim," Abuzuaiter said.

The fourth goal will address customer service and a diverse city government work force and finally council will look into ensuring stewardship, transparency and accountability with the city programs that already exist to citizens.

The retreat begins Thursday at noon at the ACC Hall of Champions.