Why You Need a Strategic Plan and an Action Plan

Your strategic plan is the roadmap to success for your organization, connecting decision-making with a shared vision. A strong strategic plan affects every department and all levels of stakeholders, whether you’re a senior leader for your city or part of the municipal staff. But designing a roadmap for the future is only one part of the process. If there’s no implementation, the goals and milestones you’ve meticulously mapped out might as well be stuck in the glovebox. It’s like starting a car on an empty tank of gas—it takes an action plan to rev the engine, navigate, and reach your destination.

What Makes a Good City Strategic Plan?

Some strategic plans serve as vital roadmaps for a community. Others stay on the shelf collecting dust. So what differentiates the first group from the second?

Cascade Strategic Planning: Aligning Strategy and Operations

City managers, department managers, and city staff members all play a crucial role in achieving the city’s strategic plan. And that’s why cascading your strategic plan down to actionable, time-bound implementation steps is crucial for execution. You want to make sure that everyone’s on the same page and staff members are prioritizing the right goals.

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