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Community members, Council and City staff draft strategic plan

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Bloomington Briefing Published January 31, 2022
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A core planning team of 30 residents and City employees who volunteered to work on the City’s upcoming strategic plan, Bloomington. Tomorrow. Together., met with City Councilmembers from December 2 – 4 to get started on the draft.

The team’s work resulted in a set of core values, mission, strategic objectives and strategies that will guide the organization over the next five years.

The mission is “To cultivate an enduring and remarkable community where people want to be.” It describes Bloomington as unique, special and distinct—a noteworthy community with a rich history that stands on its own merits and attracts people because of these attributes.

The following core values underpin the City’s mission and strategic plan:

  • We believe that the community thrives when its members share responsibility for its well-being.
  • We believe that transformation will come through collective courage and the willingness to take risks.
  • We believe that when diversity is embraced, the community is strengthened.
  • We believe that everyone benefits when there is equitable access to opportunity.
  • We believe that safety and security are critical components of a resilient and healthy community.
  • The plan focuses on three strategies. They are:
  • Diversity and connection.
  • Environmental and human resources within the community.
  • Economic and financial security for community members.

The City has convened teams around measurement and action planning to develop plans around these strategies. The action team will construct a plan of action for putting the strategic plan into motion. The measurement team will develop tools to monitor and measure progress on the strategic plan. Both teams started meeting in early January, and will wrap up their work by March. It is anticipated that the city manager will present the final draft of the strategic plan to the City Council for adoption in April 2022.