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The City Council is currently undergoing a strategic planning process. Two meetings were held in September and November as well as a bus tour of city facilities in October. Maintaining infrastructure and facilities while keeping debt low was a key point of the sessions. Currently, the City funds many of its capital improvements by issuing bond debt. Moving forward, the council has given preliminary approval to a process that will split the cost of funding improvements between debt and current revenues.
Although more current revenue would need to be allocated to capital improvement, there would be lower interest payments on debt over time. This process will strengthen the City of Evanston’s finances for generations to come.
The City Council will resume the strategic planning process in early 2014.
November 5, 2013 City Council Strategic Planning Video and Council Packet
September 30, 2013 City Council Strategic Planning Video
Previous Strategic Plans
The Evanston City Council unanimously approved the previous strategic plan on March 27, 2006. The plan took nine months to develop and focused the organization over a five years period. Strategic planning determines where an organization is going, how it's going to get there and measures success over time. It ensures the most effective use of the organization's limited resources by focusing the resources on key priorities.
The Strategic Plan features an overall vision and mission, as well as specific visions for economics, infrastructure, natural resources, partnerships, governance, neighborhoods and social programs. Each of these visions falls under one of three value areas: Economic Viability, Environmental Sustainability and Strengthening Community. The 13 goals of the Strategic Plan address these visions with objectives that support the community's values.
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