A vibrant, inclusive, healthy community which inspires innovation and growth, celebrates the arts, culture, and heritage, promotes recreation while developing a resilient economy founded on social caring and environmental stewardship.
~The Town of Huntsville’s vision
The Town of Huntsville recently updated its Strategic Plan and, as part of that process, took an innovative approach: they wanted to ensure that it was a ‘living’ document that was accessible, transparent, and easy to update so that the community would be kept informed as the goals determined by council are achieved.
“It’s fairly typical for strategic plans to be static documents that are developed and, sadly, sometimes put on the shelf and forgotten about,” said Town of Huntsville CAO Denise Corry. “So we decided to take a different approach. We wanted to make sure we had the ability to keep the information live and up to date. As different strategic priority items are completed, we can provide updates on the website, which allows the community to see the status of those strategic priority items that were identified and committed to within the plan.”
Huntsville’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023 includes more than 120 objectives within six key strategic areas: Economic Development, Culture and Wellness, Natural Environment and Sustainability, Roads and Infrastructure, Governance and Communications.
“One of the key directives identified by council is to make sure that we are continually looking at ways to make processes more efficient and hopefully more cost effective while serving our community,” said Corry.
“Although there are many strategic priorities noted within the plan, some of the focus areas include a strong commitment to health care within our community, infrastructure and roads by carrying on and adding to the work of the previous term of council and innovation and technology by expanding the scope of services such as broadband,” said Corry.
“The important thing to note with this process is it’s all very aligned,” said Corry. “Council approved the strategic plan that identifies the areas that they want staff to focus on specifically during their term. Staff then incorporated this information into their 2019-2023 business plans which speaks to the resources it takes to implement those priorities, both staffing and financial and aligns the projects with the budget. This information will then be tracked and reported back to council in order to show where the commitment was made and how we did in those areas.”
Corry will report back to council once a year by providing a report card to council that outlines what the status is of the priority areas that were identified. “That way staff are accountable to council for the direction provided and council is accountable to the community in which they serve.”
Learn more about the Town of Huntsville’s Strategic Plan at myhuntsville.ca.
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