Decade of Change

Creation of the
Human Services Council

Major Milestones

Long Range Plan

The "Doomsday Budget"

Human Services Redesign

Regionally-Based System


Technology Initiatives

Citizen Participation

Needs Assessment

Guiding Principles

State of Human Services

Community Funding Process

Community Challenges

Performance Budget

Welfare Reform

Child Welfare

Community Partnerships

Strategic Directions

Council Members


A County Transformed

seal200.gif (18377 bytes)The 1970’s and 1980's saw a dramatic transformation of Fairfax County, its residents, and its government. During that time, Fairfax County became one of the largest, most affluent, and diverse counties in the country, and also began to experience some of the attendant challenges of such rapid growth. The County government mirrored the changes in the larger community, growing to meet the needs and expectations of its residents, adding new services and benefiting from a rapidly growing economic base.

The government, too, began to experience new challenges associated with rapid growth, including a need for clarity in its goals and priorities for the future.

  • In the late 1980’s, the Board of Supervisors recognized this need to assess the state of the County and revisit the goals that had been in place since the mid-1970’s.
  • In 1987, the Goals Advisory Commission presented to the Board its comprehensive assessment of the state of the County and recommendations for fifteen goals to guide future policy and decision-making.

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