April 26, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Community Strategic Plan Feedback Event is April 30

For nearly a year, more than 230 citizens have devoted thousands of volunteer hours to drafting a broad-based, community-wide strategic plan for the Springfield area. Similar in concept to the Vision 20/20 strategic plans of years past, this plan is all new — a completely new process was used to develop it, and it includes a focus on a few topics that have never before been addressed in a strategic plan for our community. The plan is a 20-year vision, with a more detailed five-year action plan.

The result of this effort is 13 draft "chapters" that cover the following topics: Arts, Culture & Tourism; Early Childhood Development; Economic Development; Education & Workforce Development; Global Perspectives & Diversity; Growth Management & Land Use; Housing; Progressive City Management; Natural Environment; Public Health; Public Safety; Recreation & Leisure; and Transportation.

The draft chapters and a full explanation of the strategic planning process can be found online at: www.springfieldmo.gov/strategicplan. To view each chapter, click on the topic names under the "Create" heading on the homepage, and click "Final Chapter Goals" in the right-hand sidebar on each topic page.

An open house for public feedback will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at the Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway. Public parking is available for free in the Ice Park lot and the Jordan Valley Car Park for a fee. Representatives from each of the 13 citizen planning committees will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their committee's vision for the Springfield area in 2030. There is no set program. Feedback forms will be collected at the event, and a feedback form is also available on the strategic plan website.

This plan is different than past strategic plans in a number of ways, detailed below. All of the resources cited below, and much more, are linked under the "Listen" heading on the Strategic Plan website.

This process was initiated by the City of Springfield and Greene County, but it has been led and powered by the ideas, vision and expertise of citizens. The strategic planning process is not yet over. Citizen feedback at this stage is critical, and is being sought through the April 30 open house and online. The Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee and the 13 planning committees will then use the feedback to finalize their chapters. After that, the plan will be sent to City Council and the Greene County Commission for review and approval.

For more information, contact: Mike Brothers, City of Springfield – Department of Public Information, (417) 894-9064; Mark McNay, co-chair – Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee, (417) 831-2685; Robin Melton, co-chair – Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee, (417) 890-9500; or Greg Burris, Springfield City Manager, (417) 864-1006.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov