We encourage you to review Field Guide 2030, now in DRAFT form, for an idea of the likely direction of the thirteen chapters in the strategic planning process.
To quote a long time saying … “Tis a privilege to live in the Ozarks.”
Never has this been more true. The spirit of collaboration and the sense of community experienced in Springfield and Greene County is indeed remarkable, and enhances the quality of life that we enjoy.
Our community is well into the process of forming our next Community Strategic Plan. While Vision 20/20 was a tremendous success, we find it necessary to update and refocus our vision for the future. This new Strategic Plan will celebrate the positives and honestly recognize the challenges in and around Springfield.
In an effort to do this, thirteen planning committees have been formed to address the needs and enhance the strengths of our community. These citizen-populated planning groups (comprised of more than 240 volunteers) have spent several months evaluating what works and what needs improvement in an effort to create a vision for the next twenty years. The result is a strategic plan with 13 chapters on topics such as transportation, housing, the natural environment, economic development, and more. In addition to this vision, each committee also drafted a specific five-year action plan complete with measurable goals and objectives. The drafts also identified stakeholder groups and, if applicable, potential funding sources.
The insight gained from a series of five community "report cards,” and the City Manager’s months-long "Listening Tour" provided the foundation from which the individual planning committees have begun their work. Countless hours are being spent by these volunteers to establish a cohesive vision and strategy for continued community success.
Four cross-chapter “themes” were identified from the series of community report cards as recurring issues in the community. These issues seemed so broad that they were likely to affect, and be affected by, all 13 of the chapter topics. These are: sustainability, minimizing poverty, regionalism, and civic engagement. Each of the planning groups has been asked to consider their own vision and goals within the context of not only the goals and objectives of the other planning groups, but within the context of these four themes.
As the planning committees went about their work, a central committee was formed. The Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee is made up of members of each of the thirteen planning groups and “members at large.” This group has the challenge of blending the goals and objectives of each of the thirteen groups into a cohesive 20-year vision and 5-year action plan.