Takeaways from the ICMA 2018 Annual Conference

Two weeks ago the Envisio team attended the 104th Annual ICMA Conference in “Charm City” Baltimore, Maryland to mingle with local government professionals from around the world. Once again ICMA delivered another remarkable conference, providing a platform for valuable connections and insights gained through the networking and learning opportunities for Envisio. It was a great opportunity for us to catch up in-person with our customers and hear about the amazing work that’s being done through executing their strategic plans.

How to Develop a Strategic Plan for Your Community

While there is no "right way" to develop a strategic plan—the culture and needs of each city or county are unique—to be successful, there are key elements that should always be considered (if you want to see real examples—these are a good place to start). What you choose to include is often determined by what you're trying to accomplish. Some plans are initiated to address known issues in the community. Some are started because the elected body wants to provide direction. Others are launched because staff needs to understand how to prioritize conflicting needs. Even though the motivation may be different and there are many paths for implementation, to be effective, each strategic plan should identify a destination and map the precise turns needed to reach the intended outcomes—including a clear picture of the ideal future state, near-term priorities, and measurable goals.

New in Planning: Gantt Chart View for Managing Your Strategy

A Gantt Chart can be a very powerful tool when used in the right environment. Commonly found in project management software, Gantt Charts provide an organized, pictorial view of tasks, dependencies, resources and timelines.

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