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Strategic Planning

This page provides links to basic information about strategic planning for local governments, including general background information and examples from cities, counties, and special purpose districts in Washington State.

What is Strategic Planning?

Strategic planning is the process by which leaders of an organization, such as a local government, determine what it intends to be in the future and how it will get there. It involves developing a vision for the organization's future and determining the necessary goals, priorities, and action strategies to achieve that vision

A strategic plan serves as a community's roadmap and is used to prioritize initiatives, resources, goals, and department operations and projects. The strategic plan is a big-picture document directing efforts and resources toward a clearly defined vision.

Strategic Planning - Why do it?

Strategic Planning Process - How to Do It

Strategic Issues - Food for Thought

Examples of Strategic Plans

This section includes selected examples of strategic plans and related materials from cities, counties, and special purpose districts in Washington State.

Cities and Towns

Counties

Special Purpose Districts


Last Modified: June 15, 2016