UFOH Strategies for Development
Highgate’s Economic Development Plan
A Jamaican nonprofit Organization
Highgate’s Economic Development Plan
A Jamaican nonprofit Organization
The mission of the United Friends of Highgate is to help in the social, educational, health and economic development of the Highgate Community.
UFOH’s plan to accomplish its mission using both short-term and long-term strategies. The short-term campaigns consist of a range of continuous activities addressing micro needs (basic needs such as healthcare needs, scholarships, feeding the poor etc.) organized primarily by its eight committees.
Along with the Highgate chapter, each Florida Committee Chair, will develop a one year plan identifying the needs of the community and create strategies to help mitigate them. Each committee will submit a budget and a request for money to fund the activities. The Board of Directors will approve these projects according to the available money.
The long-term strategy will be charted in a cohesive strategic plan that entails long term redevelopment activities in Highgate that will eventually lead to social, educational and economic development of the area.
The president, assisted by Board and ratified by the members, will be responsible for the development of a plan as well as the activities leading to the creation of a team of leaders with the knowledge, experience and resources to create and implement a Strategic Plan for the economic development of Highgate.
The United Friends of Highgate is made up of two chapters (one in Highgate and the other in Florida) each with eight committees that liaisons with their respective counterparts as well as two Boards of Directors that plan, implement and administer its projects and programs. Under the leadership of each committee chair, members provide ideas, direction, and short-term action plans. Thus, members drive the organization under their chair that is directed by the Board.
It cannot be stressed enough that the Florida chapter of UFOH or the combined chapters, as they currently exist, cannot provide an economic development plan or formulate and implement projects to successfully meet the long-term economic development of Highgate.
The most pressing task is to improve both chapters by peopling the Highgate chapter with members who have the desire, capabilities and resources to create and implement a tailored Strategic Economic Development Plan that fits Highgate. Based on the external experiences of members in the Florida chapter and the on-the-ground knowledge and experience of members in the Highgate chapter the organization is capable of accomplishing this task in a timely manner.
The full extent of UFOH’s organizational structure is to accomplish its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Highgaters at every stage of life. Each chapter with eight committees including two Board of Directors in Florida and Highgate, administer the programs. The Board of Directors with the agreement of the members provide leadership, direction, and policy management guidance.
Strategic Plan Development
A Strategic Plan for Highgate’s development should be defined by a mission aligned by UFOH’s vision. It will describe the effort to address complex, multifaceted, and evolving economic development issues as set by its goals. The plan will outline the means by which it will achieve these goals and measure progress in addressing specific problems over time. Every year the team of planners may update the Strategic Plan.
As stated before, the United Friends of Highgate does not have the resources to create a Strategic Plan for Community Economic Development in Highgate. In fact, there are no known current organizations, government or non-government, so desirous and equipped. At this time UFOH believes it is incumbent on the organization to customize a rationale that will attract and engage potential stakeholders in forming an organization that can spearhead such a plan. The idea is to have UFOH as the facilitator.
Immediate tasks are as follows: Task one is to identify potential stakeholders. Task two is to create the environment conducive to accommodating them. Task three is to contact and convince them to meet with UFOH selected members. Fourth task is to persuade them to join forces for the purpose of developing Highgate. Outlined below are the elements of task one.
Chairman of the Board –UFOH, Highgate
As a stakeholder, the job of the Chairman of the Board of the Highgate Chapter, along with the Board of Directors and its current members, is to help the Florida chapter develop a strategy to contact the stakeholders and persuade them to become members of UFOH with the intent of forming a team responsible for planning the development of Highgate.
Each of Jamaica’s government Parish Council is represented by a Parish Councilor. The St. Mary Parish Council chaired by the Mayor has responsibilities directly related to the development of Highgate. The Mayor and Parish Council members are critical stakeholders because their duties directly impact economic development. Some of these responsibilities are:
Member of Parliament
The MP is a very important stakeholder in the economic development process because he will defend the strategic plan in parliament. Among Highgate MP’s job, is the representation of the people in Parliament as well as to communicate with the media and the public about their issues. He defends the views of the people and of interest groups and organizations such as the United Friends of Highgate
Social Development Commission
The (SDC) a stakeholder because this organization is the principal agency within the Ministry of Local Government & Community Development working directly with the Highgate community. The SDC is legally responsible for promoting and controlling schemes and do any activity that may directly or indirectly serve the advancement of – sport, social, cultural & economic development – for the people of Highgate.
The church is a vital stakeholder because it is the heart, the lifeblood of the people of Highgate. Without confidence, knowledge and participation by leaders of the church the future and economic development of Highgate will never be complete.
The schools are a set of extremely important stakeholders because these are the institutions that play a fundamental catalytic role in the process of social and economic transformation. They are the institutions that educate the community training and producing youth that will build the Highgate and Jamaica of tomorrow. It’s with the combined efforts of a unified school system and the support of the community, especially businesses, that will plug Highgate’s massive brain drain.
The business community is a vital stakeholder, and a leading economic development entity –at least this is the conviction of US experts. According to the US Small Business Administration (SBA) businesses account for 54% of all sales; small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s. Highgate boost some of the most concerned citizens who are small business owners. Over the years small businesses has employed the majority of individuals in Highgate. From small stores to gas stations, the theatre and banana plantations.
Voluntary Sector Organizations
Organizations such as the Lions Club are important stakeholders as they help to create and organize social welfare programs and projects. They improve the lives of residents as they build relationships across the Highgate society.
As a stakeholder, the police force will help to ensure a sustainable, safe Highgate community. This will only be possible if law enforcement has the ability to collaborate with the community which should start with their direct involvement with the community development planning process.
Legal and Health Care Personnel
Members of these two groups are also critical to the planning process and should have a seat at the planning table as well as membership in the organization. Through their professional efforts. The community lawyers determine the legal limits of community development efforts and direction and health care professionals determine needs in the health care sector and identified needed projects.
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