Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Strategic Management for Local Government Leaders

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Strategic Management for Local Government Leaders

Article excerpt

The following is a preview of one of the topics to be covered during Leadership Training Institute seminars at the Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC.

Municipal leaders are experiencing significant challenges in the communities they lead. Those who are successful manage change through systematic strategic thinking and planning. Understanding the different frameworks and tools for conducting effective stakeholder outreach, making sense of changes in their operating environments and engaging in strategic planning can enhance a local government leader's ability to position the municipality in achieving desired goals and outcomes.

Local governments are increasingly competing with and against one another in their efforts to attract economic development, innovative industries and more affluent residents while balancing goals of growth against those associated with a high quality of life.

These goals are not unique to a few communities. Rather they are often considered in line with other challenges that local governments across the country face. Increasingly, these challenges include responsibility for federal and state mandates that are passed on, poverty and public service demands, tax levies, aging infrastructure, demands for low crime and high performing schools. A goal often discussed is achieving high density-low impact communities and preservation of the community's natural environment while managing the tensions associated with growth, sprawl and rising costs and expectations about government services. …

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