Goal setting and strategic planning help local governments and nonprofits address critical issues, identify priorities, and develop action plans to accomplish those priorities. An effective board or council is one that works together towards common goals. Taking time annually as a group to prioritize and plan to move forward is vital for any government or nonprofit group.
- Goal Setting, Strategic Planning, Facilitation
- Grant Writing 101
- Iowa Government Finance Initiative
- Municipal Leadership Academy for elected officials
- Municipal Professional Institute and Academy for city clerks and treasurers
- Planning and Zoning Workshops
- Township Trustee & Clerk Training
- Rural Housing Readiness Assessment
- Housing Needs Assessment
Goal setting is the latest Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development programming effort to go virtual. The first workshop is titled COVID-19 Transition and Recovery and is being conducted in two sessions. The first session took place on Tuesday, June 30, and the second will be held on Tuesday, July 7.
Goal setting is an activity that is hard to imagine doing virtually, yet community members in Palo Alto County met up recently for a Virtual Goal Workshop, facilitated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED), to focus on Local Economic Development and COVID-19 Transition and Recovery.
An important driver of success in communities is the ability of leaders to act strategically. Especially in city government, it can be easy for the day-to-day work of running a city to dominate the council’s time. Some councils go years without ever really sitting down and thinking broadly together about common priorities. This can lead feeling like the city is jumping from issue to issue without making meaningful progress on the things that are most important to the community.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) can help.