Decatur Diary | March 22, 2011

Bill Peggy

Completed and Approved!
10-year Strategic Plan Finalized

Decatur has its to-do list for the next decade.

On March 21, 2011, Decatur’s City Commission unanimously adopted the 2010 Strategic Plan, capping a year-long community discussion that engaged a record 1,500 Decaturites. The result is an ambitious update of the City’s Strategic Plan that will guide decision-making for the next 10 years and beyond.

Decatur Diary | January 27, 2011

NEV

Circulator Shuttle Makes the List, but What Else?

After almost a full year of collaboration — collecting ideas, weighing trade-offs, measuring applicability to city goals, and evaluating feasibility — a decade’s worth of proposed Strategic Plan projects is now ready for community review. And, as came up frequently during Decatur Next meetings and has been discussed informally around town, a circulating shuttle is among those proposed…

Decatur Diary | August 24, 2010

Group

First, Celebrating Collaboration;
Next, Turning Ideas into Strategies

The opening video at the Decatur Next Celebration at Decatur High School Aug. 24 said it all: 700-plus Round Table participants; 245 public meetings; 6,000 hours invested; 7,894 ideas presented; and 14,032 website visits.

The August 24 event was an opportunity, first of all, to enjoy the moment. Since April, more than 700 Decatur residents have been meeting together in small groups – Round Tables – to identify key concerns and pose crucial questions…

Decatur Diary | August 18, 2010

Roundtable Group

Broad Goals? We Got ‘Em.
Now, Let’s Talk Details.

Round Table discussions involving some 700 Decaturites, meeting three times between April and June, helped us identify key topics to address for our update of the city’s 10-year Strategic Plan. Starting on Tuesday, Aug. 24, when we welcome participants back for a Round Table Wrap-Up Celebration (6:30 p.m. at the Decatur High School Auditorium), we’ll use that consensus-based to-do list as a foundation for drafting development and redevelopment strategies for the next decade…

Decatur Diary | April 12, 2010

Uncle Steven

Uncle Stephen Wants You: Top 5 Reasons to Join the Round Tables

We’re now just a few days from the Decatur Next April 15th Kick Off Meeting. Our count to-date is 475 registrants from across the Decatur community, putting us just short of the five hundred who participated in 1998. Those already involved reflect a diverse mix of voices across multiple lines — race, income, interests, household type and political inclinations, to name but a few. In short, they look a whole lot like our city overall.

If you’ve already registered to participate, thank you. But if you haven’t, consider these Top Five Reasons why you might want to reconsider…

Decatur Diary | March 29, 2010

Plus One

Keeping Decatur on Track:
It’s Up to You, Plus One

Here’s what we like to hear from Decatur residents: In the latest citizens’ survey, taken in 2008, 97 percent of respondents checked the “excellent” or “good” categories when rating Decatur as a place to live, and 93 percent said their town was an “excellent” or “good” place to raise children…

Decatur Diary | March 26, 2010

2000

A Base to Build On:
Lessons from 2000

Listen to these words from Decatur residents who were involved the last time the community set priorities for its 10-year Strategic Plan: “The precedent has been set.” “We are breaking down the walls.” “There’s no ‘they’ anymore. The ‘they’ is me.”

Better yet, take a look at this video produced a little over ten years ago, when Decatur used a series of round table meetings to gather information, then put together a new decade’s to-do list with the community’s help…

Decatur Diary | February 15, 2010

Bill Floyd

We’ll Plan and Implement.
That’s a Promise.

There’s a lot of talk these days about “a deficit of trust” in American civic life. But not in our city. Why is that?

Part of the reason may be that, over the past 30 years, under successive City administrations, Decatur elected officials and City staff have worked with residents to plan together for the future. Then, they’ve consistently used those plans as marching orders.