GRANTS PASS – The Grants Pass City Council will host a Strategic Planning Community Forum 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in City Council Chambers, 101 NW “A” St. The purpose of the forum will be for council members to receive comments and suggestions from community groups and interested individuals on what they believe are the highest priority, most important items for the city to accomplish. Please note that a potential quorum of city councilors may be present.
“Strategic planning helps us determine our priorities, get organized, make big decisions, and realize our dreams. The act of merely setting a goal brings about positive change for many people. When setting goals, we are creating an exciting challenge for ourselves,” said City Manager Aaron Cubic.
Strategic planning establishes a process for the city to evaluate priorities and prioritize goals to be accomplished over a given period of time. The strategic planning process occurs each year to include identifying the most important things to accomplish for the community, establishing organizational responsibility and reasonable time frames for achieving them, and allocating the resources necessary for programs and projects to implement them.
“Setting goals and priorities should drive the budget process, not follow it. This approach allows the city to better focus our organization-wide efforts and resources in ensuring that the most important, highest-priority objectives are accomplished, and that these high-priority objectives are communicated to the public,” said Cubic.
The public community forum is a part of the outreach portion of the strategic planning process, which also includes gathering information from advisory committees, local organizations, individuals, and city staff.
Additional steps in the process include setting the framework, setting the goals, establishing a work plan, developing a financial plan, and celebrating the successes of the plan.