Making Cities Great
Municipalities are under increasing pressures from every conceivable angle--from citizens wanting more and better services but funding those services are not as reliable any more, less not more government is the trend therefore more has to be done but with less, technology is advancing faster than municipalities can adopt, and increasing competition to keep existing businesses and attract new ones.
The one saving grace for cities is that people who live in those communities want to have more say in how their taxes are spent, what investments are important, and being part of creating a vision and roadmap for the place they chose to live, work, and play. The challenge for the city leaders is looking past tradition methods to incorporate the voice of citizens into the future of their cities.
How cities achieve a desired future is codified in its comprehensive plan. Unlike the past, today that plan needs to be owned created and owned by elected officials, city staff, and, most importantly, by the entire community. It needs to incorporate creativity, be visionary yet be practical and achievable.