The 2017 - 2021 Strategic Plan for the City of Independence is the result of several months of intense focus and discussion to plan and guide the City's course for the future. The process began in November 2016 with a City Council planning session. The Council set a community vision and identified goals and objectives to support that vision. The heart of the plan is captured in four goals: customer-focused, financially sustainable, growth and quality. In December, staff completed a planning exercise to build upon the Council's work. Staff identified specific strategies to achieve the Council's goals and measure to track success over time. The plan includes a mission statement that explains the role of the city organization in achieving the vision. It also includes a statement of values to communicate to citizens how staff will live out the mission in the conduct of business.
Adoption of the Strategic Plan is the start of a continuous planning process. Staff can begin implementing some of the proposed strategies immediately, but others are dependent on decision that must be evaluated in the upcoming budget process. Following adoption of the budget, staff will begin full implementation of the plan in the next fiscal year. The intent is for the Council to renew its planning session on an annual basis to monitor progress and direct adjustments as needed. Staff will also work with the Council on a communications strategy to share the plan and engage support from internal and external audiences.