- Associated Press - Sunday, October 14, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s capital city is updating its strategic plan, a tool the city uses to identify future goals and the steps needed to achieve them.

The “Imagine Bismarck” process is being handled by consultant JDGray Group. CEO Jason Gray recently told city commissioners that it’s better to make decisions “strategically rather than just reacting to whatever comes at you.”

“The idea behind the strategic plan is to be intentional with your resources - being time, money, energy and effort - as well as aligning those resources to try and make sure they continually move you toward your vision,” he said.

As part of the project, residents are being asked to take an online survey. Nearly 500 people have already done so, according to The Bismarck Tribune.

“One major aspect of the vision and values survey is asking people what their big ideas are and how they would describe the community in the future as they see it,” Gray said. “Our end goal is to engage at least 5 percent of the community. Right now, we’re sitting right at 3 percent.”



The survey is open through early November. An interactive town hall meeting to further engage residents is planned for Nov. 1 at Bismarck State College.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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