In these tough economic times it’s more important than ever to stay on course. Resources are too shallow and people are spread too thin to make up for lost time. Staying on course assumes you have charted a course to follow in the first place and in the City’s case that course is our strategic plans.
Trust me, we are not for want of strategic plans. I’m talking file cabinets full of planning studies, visioning exercises, charrettes, vignettes, SWOT analysis, market assessments, priority lists, and action plans all in the name of strategic planning. About a year ago I uploaded many of them on to this web site so that anyone interested could get a better handle on where the City is heading based on where we’ve been by reading through the body of planning work that this community has been engaged in for the last 20 years. You can check the plans out by clicking here.
Our focus over the last couple of years has been to translate those plans into a community to do list and actually get results from all the good planning work. That’s why you see so much focus on things like new bike trails, the multi-modal project and downtown revitalization — those are things that have been on the to do list for literally 20 years which we figured was more than a long enough gestation, now it was the time to put the plans to work.
I bring up the strategic plans because I think it’s important to understand the background behind the flurry of activity going on around the priority items these days. We’re not out there acting in isolation — we’re busy implementing the items that this community has said are top priorities for 20 years.
I understand that not everyone is going to read all of the source documents of the strategic plans so we’ve worked hard to distill the main issues down to critical strategic themes that we manage and measure progress towards. For practical purposes we’ve created a strategic framework which we use to make sure we stay on track in our activities and accomplishments. That’s the purpose of the Council Activity Reports and our Annual Strategic Report Card.
These are good summary documents that provide a snapshot of what’s been going on at the ground level to achieve the communities goals. It’s one thing for the staff to know how we’re doing but we think it’s just as important for members of the community to see how we’re doing which is why we’ve updated these information pieces that I’ve shared below.
To help make it easier for everyone to have a sense of what we’re working on and what we’re trying to achieve we’ve put together a new Strategic Objectives Summary for 2010, here it is: Click Here for the PDF or scroll down below to see page by page.