Strategic Planning – Government

Our strategic planning services for local governments help get your team moving in the same direction.

Whether you’re welcoming in a new council, getting ready for elections or are mid-way through a term, annual strategic planning helps your community stay the course toward your community’s vision and goals for the future. Done well, strategic planning provides facilitated time and space for Council and staff to come together to identify opportunities and challenges, set the direction and priorities for the next few years, and then prioritize the key deliverables best suited for moving forward.

Strategic planning is an organization’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this direction. For local governments, strategic planning is a way of ensuring alignment and shared direction for moving forward, for aligning Council priorities with the community goals. It is proactive and strategic rather than reactive and focusing on pet projects.

“Developing a strategic plan is one of the most important and sometimes elusive tasks for Councils and their management teams. The strategic planning process led by Shannon with the Whistler Centre has created the clarity and focus we need for the next four years – and it brought our managers and Council team together in a forum of equals.  A clear, well-designed process has us all moving in the same direction. Shannon did a superior job documenting our outcomes into a plan that our team uses every day.” [Bob Macpherson, CAO, District of Tofino]

Whistler Centre for Sustainabilty

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Tofino Strategic Plan

Having worked with the District to develop their ICSP and their Tourism Master Plan, the Centre was again retained to lead their senior staff and newly elected Council through strategic planning and the development of their four-year strategic plan. The process resulted in 15 clear priorities for the Council term, as well as a number of corresponding action ideas that will be considered through their financial planning process. Tofino Strategic Planning Project Page.

Read our blog ‘Chart Your Course: Time for Municipal Strategic Planning‘.