Nearly a year after starting the process, the City Council reviewed and approved the Bloomington. Tomorrow. Together. strategic plan that will guide the City’s work for the next five years. City representatives and community members worked together to develop plan for Bloomington’s future.
“Every step of this process, we’ve involved community,” City Manager Jamie Verbrugge said. “We believe defining the future and intended future for Bloomington is best done when we do it in partnership with the community.”
A core planning team of 30 residents and City employees met in late 2021 and early 2022 to draft the Bloomington. Tomorrow. Together. strategic plan.
“You get the best response when you have community representatives at meetings like this,” Bloomington resident and core planning team member Amos Olivarez said. “There are different beliefs, nationalities and stories, but we all call Bloomington home. It’s great to have so many perspectives when we’re talking about the city we all live in.”
Action and measurement teams met to expand on the plan developed by the core planning team in January and February. The action team constructed a road map for putting the strategic plan into motion. The measurement team developed metrics to monitor and measure progress on the strategic plan. Throughout the process, resident and community member voices were at the forefront. Bloomington community members made up more than half of each strategic planning team, exceeding the City’s goal for public participation in each group. This plan will be effective for five years and reviewed annually.
Watch for upcoming Briefing articles for a deeper dive into Bloomington. Tomorrow. Together. and learn more at blm.mn/btt.