City sets Strategic Plan meeting dates

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City sets Strategic Plan meeting dates

The City of Lawrence’s Strategic Plan process is now underway.  As part of that process, the City Commission, staff and the city’s consultant will hold a retreat on January 13 and 14 and February 20 to kick-off the process and allow for conversation and development of key items for a strategic plan.

The retreats are open to the public but will primarily be a time for Commissioners and staff to provide input and discuss their thoughts. In between the January retreat sessions and the February session, public input will be sought for feedback based on the framework developed at the January 13 and 14 retreat. The public input will be shared with the City Commission at the February 20 meeting.

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What is a Strategic Plan?

At its most basic level, a strategic plan exists to answer three questions:

  • What do we know to be true today?
  • Where do we want to be in the future?
  • How can we get there?

The City Manager and City Commission have identified the development of a strategic plan for the City of Lawrence as a key priority and will outline a systematic process for moving toward a vision in a manner that involves the development and prioritization of strategic goals along with measurable strategies and objectives. The city does not currently have a strategic plan. The planning process is expected to conclude in March 2017, ahead of the 2018 budget deliberations.

The meeting dates for meeting with the consultant, Novak Consulting, have been set.  The dates are:

  • Friday, January 13 from 2 -6 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, February 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

All of the meetings will be held at the BioScience and Technology Business Center on the KU West Campus, 2029 Becker Drive.