A timeline is in place for continuing the development of and adopting a strategic plan for Lane County. The process is remarkably similar to strategic plan development that I have participated in with Jerry’s Home Improvement Center, FOOD for Lane County, Oregon Food Bank and SELCO.
The Board of County Commissioners held its second public meeting on Strategic Planning last Wednesday September 10. It followed a comprehensive initial meeting which had provided county administrator Steve Mokrohisky and county staff with Commissioners’ priorities for the upcoming plan.
A strategic plan should contain a clearly stated and universally understood mission or value statement and a small number of goal areas. The goal areas should surround the organizational, operational and directional concerns of an organization and be crafted to remain constant throughout the life of the strategic plan. The priorities should be supplemented with strategies to achieve the goals stated in the priorities and support the value mission. Each strategy encompasses tactics which, unlike strategies, are flexible and dynamic and represent ongoing work plans and processes as well as respond to newly identified urgent and critical topics.
The Board is considering three “pillars” as the basis of the strategic plan. (You can see the draft strategic plan here) The proposed pillars or goal areas and accompanying strategies are:
1. A Safe and Healthy County
2. Vibrant Communities
Accompanying strategies for a Safe and Healthy County may include: Improve safety throughout our county; Improve the health of our communities; Ensure networks of integrated and effective services
For Vibrant Communities: Invest in a strong, diverse and sustainable economy; Support a vibrant natural environment
For infrastructure: Maintain safe county-owned infrastructure, including roads, bridges, parks and buildings
The draft strategic plan lists some initial tactics beneath each of the accompanying strategies.
The next step will be an open house, to take place on Wednesday September 17 beginning with a regular board meeting at 5:00 pm in Harris Hall. This will be an opportunity for open review of the draft plan. Click here to see the website containing the open house information.