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Planning Process

The strategic planning process was designed to be inclusive and participatory. The process was open and flexible to adapt to changes and ideas as they arose. The process used the following 21 steps.

  • Ongoing coordination and communication with Anthony Brown, Project Manager
  • Review of extensive set of City documents (plans, budgets, studies, etc.)
  • Tour of the City featuring projects, activities and community highlights
  • Common Council and city staff interviews June 26th and June 27th 2013
  • Telephone interviews with city officials unavailable during June dates
  • Prepare interview information and data into a Working Document for Department Director meeting
  • Department Director meeting on August 26, 2013
  • Update Working Document and prepare draft set of goal statements and strategies
  • Presentation of revised Working Document and first draft of goals and strategies to Department Directors on September 30, 2013
  • Identify financial and demographic trends for presentation to Common Council
  • Briefing with the Common Council at regular meeting on October 15, 2013
  • Common Council work session on October 22, 2013
  • Common Council work session on November 7, 2013
  • Create the Second Draft of the Strategic Plan
  • Common Council work session on December 4, 2013
  • Create the Third Draft of the Strategic Plan
  • Presentations by the Mayor and City Administrator to community groups
  • Common Council work session on March 18, 2014
  • Create the Fourth Draft of the Strategic Plan
  • Department Director briefing on March 19, 2014
  • Common Council approves Part 1 (vision statements and strategic elements) of the strategic plan on April 1, 2014

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