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Creating a Community Mission Statement

This page provides sample local government mission statements and general articles about developing a mission statement.


A mission statement captures in a short concise paragraph the purpose of the organization's existence and what actions it takes to fulfill this purpose. Mission statements are directly connected to vision statements but, whereas a vision statement describes the desired future state of the organization, the mission statement describes how that vision will be achieved. Ideally, mission and vision statements are crafted through a collaborative process that involves a wide array of community stakeholders and elected officials, usually as part of an overall strategic plan.

City Mission Statements

County Mission Statements

Special District and Government Department Mission Statements

Additional References

The following are selected articles about developing a vision statement for local governments and nonprofits.

Last Modified: January 08, 2016