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July 6, 2014

Councilors to get update on strategic plan

Brown says four goals identified

City councilors will get a peek at the progress being made on efforts to develop a three- to five-year strategic plan for Muskogee.

City Manager Howard Brown Jr. will present during the Public Works Committee meeting Tuesday what he described as an update of those efforts. The process of developing the strategic plan began in March during a two-day retreat facilitated by a $14,000 consultant.

A 15-page document from which Brown and city staffers will be working to develop the strategic vision summarizes the results of the retreat. Although the outside consultant was unable to “discover” a “concise vision statement” from existing plan documents, he has begun boiling down a “shared strategic vision” from retreat participants.

From that feedback, Brown said, four goals have been established with which he and other administrative staffers are expected to develop objectives and performance measurements. Those goals include a cleaner and safer Muskogee with improved city management, delivery of services, and the development of new funding resources, all of which is expected to spur economic opportunities and civic pride.

“This is Phase 1, and Phase 2 will be the staff, myself and consultants working together to set objectives and performance measures,” Brown said. “When the draft plan actually comes back it will look like a concise vision statement and a strategy will be laid out.”

Brown described the process up to this point as “looking at a bunch of moving pieces.” He said some of those pieces — progress toward the construction of a new Martin Luther King Community Center, the passage of two sales tax extensions, and funding for a massive demolition program — are moving forward already, and others will begin falling into place during the coming few weeks.

“This strategic plan is so important,” Brown said. “One of the things the community needs to propel itself forward is a strategic plan, and in my mind we need to concentrate on these four areas.”

In addition to Brown’s summary, the results of a feasibility study commissioned to assess market opportunities associated with a downtown hotel will be unveiled. City councilors will convene the Public Works and Finance committees when they meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.

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