Strategic Planning for Local Government

A Handbook for Officials and Citizens


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About the Book

You’d think “strategic planning” would be obvious. It has long been a common practice in the corporate world. It has, however, only recently been applied to the public sector. Local governments find such planning increasingly useful as they strive to overcome the constraints imposed by traditional, short-term government planning practices.
These 24 articles examine sound (proven) public sector strategic planning theories. They demonstrate the different kinds of planning used in 16 successful governments, and provide assessments of the future of this important tool.

About the Author(s)

Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. He has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, the University of New Haven, and the University of Connecticut. He is a distinguished adjunct professor in the Executive MPA Program at Golden Gate University.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Roger L. Kemp
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 320
Bibliographic Info: tables, charts, glossary, references, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [1993]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3873-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii

Preface      ix

Introduction      1

Part One: The Theory

A Public Planning Perspective on Strategic Planning      9

Applying Private-Sector Strategic Planning to the Public Sector      29

Strategic Management in Local Government      58

Strategic Management by Design      83

Initiation of Strategic Planning by Local Governments      94

Part Two: The Application

The Bellingham 2000 Project—An Experiment in Mid-Sized Community Planning      115

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg 2005 Plan—Managing Through Strategic Planning      123

Putting Strategic Planning to Practical Use in Cleveland Heights      131

Clifton Prepares for the 1990s—The Future Vision Project      140

Duarte’s Resurgence—Strategic Planning for the Year 2007      149

Strategic Planning in Hampton—Choices and Challenges      153

Strategic Planning in Hennepin County—An Issues Management Approach      161

Charting the Course for Kirkwood’s Future      175

The Results of Strategic Planning in McKinney      180

Scenarios for Milwaukee—Citizen Participation in Projecting Futures      191

Oak Ridge—Strategic Planning for a Strategic City      199

The Placentia 2000 Project—Long-Range Planning in Local Government      213

San Francisco—The Unveiling of a Strategic Plan      219

Santa Barbara County’s Transformation Program—Meeting the Challenge of a New Reality      230

Strategic Planning in Local Government—The West Hartford Approach      238

Part Three: The Future

The Future of Strategic Management      247

Forces Shaping Local Government in the 1990s      274

Cities for the Future      280

The Management Challenges      286

Glossary      297

About the Contributors      305

Index      307

Book Reviews & Awards

“timely [and] accessible for readers interested in local government”—Booklist.