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Germantown forward strategic plan approved

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The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved the Germantown Forward 2030 Strategic Plan. Designed to guide the city toward sustainability, the plan is the work of more than 300 residents and the result of over 2,000 hours of citizen’s input.
Last year, the city facilitated a group of 30 steering committee members through development of the Germantown Forward 2030 strategic plan. Hours upon hours of meetings later, a clear vision for the Germantown of 2030 emerged.
“Creating a sustainable city requires a long-term view,” said Mayor Mike Palazzolo. “The vision statement captures this with a focus on quality of life issues, fiscal responsibility, strong public safety and community engagement.”
During a town hall meeting to unveil the vision, close to 200 residents gathered.
Working in small groups, residents, business owners and stakeholders brainstormed about specific parts of the vision statement, adding details to the steering committee work and providing helpful input for the task forces that would be responsible for the next level of work.
The next phase of the process engaged another 100 residents who worked to develop action plans and performance measures around nine key performance areas. After approval from the Germantown Forward 2030 steering committee, the plan was discussed during the Jan. 25 BMA retreat. The plan will be implemented beginning with development of the fiscal year 2017 budget, now underway.
“This is an exciting time in Germantown. With a fresh new direction set by the community, it almost feels like a new beginning,” said City Administrator Patrick Lawton.