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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What? A Strategy?

The newest edition of the SoapBox has an article about an upcoming event to celebrate progress on the Covington "Third Century Strategic Plan". I know this is a blog about Fort Thomas - so how is this applicable to us?

I found a few things about this very applicable to Fort Thomas:

1. They have a plan! - I put a quote from the city's website below with bold text on the areas of emphasis. Notice that they are working towards very clear actionable steps and that the plan will guide the allocation of resources.

The major goal was to produce a strategic plan that has clear steps for implementation and can guide the city's future allocation of resources. We also created an ongoing process by which actions of stakeholders can be harnessed to help implement this plan. Importantly, the process was designed to involve a diverse cross-section of people from our community - specifically, those who have never participated in such efforts in the past - to generate new ideas, new relationships, and a broad commitment to the ongoing work needed to create the future of Covington.

2. Community Engagement Around Core Concepts - they have very specific, defined work groups such as Education, Safety, Downtown, Arts & Culture, etc. This allows those in the community that are passionate and have a vested interest in a particular concept to add the most value.

3. Regular Updates to Measure Progress

4. Open & Regular Communication - this allows the continued involvement of the community and pushing towards progress against stated goals.

I think a plan like this is long overdue for the city of Fort Thomas. For far too long we have excelled at education and community and rested on our successes. We need to continue to challenge ourselves to avoid losing the edge that makes Fort Thomas a community of choice in Northern Kentucky. How do you think a plan like this would work for Fort Thomas? What challenges do you see in getting community involvement for such an ambitious plan?

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