Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA (2017)

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA (2017)

Creating an inclusive community vision

Project Overview

The Town of Hilton Head Island is located on the east coast of the United States and maintains a local population of approximately 40,000. Uniquely, this population increases to 2 million over the course of the year with the influx of tourists and temporary residents. Steeped in history, the Island is renowned for its character and cultural heritage, beautiful natural resources, sporting events, and southern hospitality. The central issue for the Town is how to sustain its economic system as the Town transitions from a successful growth phase to relative maturity while preserving natural settings, a fragile economy, amenities and infrastructure that will continue to attract and retain retires and tourists. The Town has engaged Future iQ to assist in the development of a new Community Vision for the Town that builds on significant previous plans and efforts leading up to this project. The visioning process will involve extensive community and stakeholder engagement and a scenario-based planning methodology that will incorporate local aspirations, values and citizen desires for the future. The visioning process will also develop a clear strategic road map for implementation that will be inclusive to all community members and provide for sensitive redevelopment of the Islands many assets.

Future iQ's Role in this Project

    • Background research on coastal, urban and city trends including Benchmarking the Town against similar Towns and Cities
    • A communication plan for the project
    • Facilitating the scenario-based Hilton Head Island Future Think-Tank
    • Extensive community and stakeholder engagement
    • Pre and Post Think-Tank community and stakeholder Surveys to include as many community members as possible
    • Through detailed data analysis and visualization, a defined shared vision and statement of community values, priorities and aspirations
    • Production of a strategic road map and detailed implementation plan that will provide for measurable progress