Planning for the Future

Naperville is looking towards the future. During a recent workshop, city council members discussed the strategic plan for the next five years.

Council members and department heads broke into small groups where they highlighted a few of the city’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Then selected which ones they see as the most important for our community.

Some of the strengths: good value for city services and strong financial position.

Weaknesses: lack of technology and community engagement.

Opportunities: technology and transportation.

Threats: uncertainty in the economy and aging infrastructure.

Council members heard nine goals needed according to the Citizen Satisfaction Survey and city staff, selecting three to implement in the next five years: Be Recognized as an E-Government Innovator, Improve Traffic Flow and Congestion, and Set the Standard Community Education and Involvement.

“I think they’re the most achievable,” said Councilman Steve Chirico. “Those are important things, it adds to efficiency, and we really felt that we can do these things.”

City staff will present the goals as measurable objectives at a September workshop and present the final plan at a council meeting in November.

A full summary is available to the public at naperville.il.us.

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