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Posted on: November 2, 2017

City Releases Draft 2018 - 2022 Strategic Principles and Priorities

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The public is invited to view and provide input to the City of Elgin's next strategic plan, set to begin in January 2018. The five-year strategic plan focuses on four core values and three defined goals to provide guidance in realizing Elgin's full potential as "The City in the Suburbs."

The City Council will formally adopt the 2018-2022 Strategic Principles and Priorities on December 20, 2017 during the regular city council meeting at 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with the adoption of the 2018 Budget and 2018-2020 Financial Plan.

Strategic Plan Components
As the City’s highest level planning document, the refined strategic plan articulates four core values and three strategic goals that provide focus in providing exceptional services, improving Elgin’s quality of life and enhancing the uniqueness of the Elgin community. Each strategic goal is supported by actionable objectives that support Elgin’s current and future identity.

The Strategic Principles and Priorities will be anchored by annual action plans developed by City staff to outline key initiatives to work toward achieving each of the plan’s three defined goals. When appropriate, the action plans will identify key City partners who are instrumental in moving forward community-wide initiatives. The City is determined to make significant, measurable improvements in each priority area, and share those points of pride with the community to help champion Elgin’s story.


Developing the Plan
The development of the 2018-2022 Strategic Principles and Priorities considers the strengths of the city's most recent strategic plan, “The Road Map to the Future,” as well as key ideas from other City planning documents such as budget and financial plans. The comprehensive plan and diversity and inclusion plan that are both in progress also assisted in the development of this document. Significant input from city council, city staff and community members have shaped all of these documents and ancillary policy discussions.

The Strategic Plan Advisory Commission led a series of Community Input Sessions in August 2017 to discuss the Elgin’s strengths, challenges and vision for the future. Input on high profile city documents and policies throughout 2017 key in on similar themes: Elgin is proud of its heritage, energized by its progress and excited for its future. This direction was further affirmed by results from the 
2017 community survey, highlighted by the fact that 76 percent of residents rank Elgin as an “excellent” or “good” place to live.

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