Public Invited to Give Input on Strategic Planning Process in DeKalb

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Community-Conversations-JPEGThe City of DeKalb has embarked on a multi-year, collaborative, grassroots strategic planning effort. The end results will be a 10-year vision for the City as well as a set of shorter-term specific actions to move toward that vision. To accomplish this, the City is turning to city residents, students, workers and employers to share their ideas about DeKalb’s future. Responses to these questions will help shape a vision for the City of DeKalb.

The goal is to provide an understanding of the City’s assets and improvement opportunities, suggestions for change strategies, and ways for the City to maintain ongoing dialogue and communication with people who live, work or attend school in DeKalb.

City Manager Anne Marie Gaura or Assistant City Manager Patty Hoppenstedt will attend all seven community conversations.

“These meetings are excellent opportunities for us to hear first-hand the hopes and aspirations that DeKalb residents, students, and workers have for our city,” said Mayor John Rey. “We want a vision of DeKalb that is meaningful to everyone, and we also want to hear the ideas people have for realizing that vision.”

Seven 90-minute community conversations will be held throughout DeKalb in July at these locations, days, and times starting this Tuesday:

  • July 14, 7 p.m., Hopkins Park Community Center, 1403 Sycamore Rd.
  • July 15, 2 p.m., Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, 231 N. Annie Glidden Rd.
  • July 21, 7 p.m., Faranda’s Banquet Hall, 302 Grove St.
  • July 24, 10 a.m., DeKalb Wesleyan Church, 1115 S. Malta Rd.
  • July 25, 10 a.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly Rd.
  • July 27, 2 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Rd.
  • July 30, 7 p.m., River Heights Golf Course Banquet Hall, 1020 Sharon Dr.

All seven conversations are open to anyone and a seat may be reserved by calling (800) 874-1990.

Conversations are being held at facilities located on public transit routes and transportation is also available through TransVAC by calling (815) 758-6641. Children are welcome as long as a responsible adult is also present. Interpreters will be available for non-English speaking participants and may be requested when reserving a space.

Individuals unable to attend any of these seven conversations will be able to participate by completing an online survey available at http://www.cityofdekalb.com/808/2015-Strategic-Plan.

These conversations are being facilitated and documented by the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) at Northern Illinois University. The results of all of these conversations will be summarized and organized by theme into a single document.

“We may end up with ideas that fall outside the City’s purview, such as parks or education,” said Gaura. “If that happens we’ll be sure to share that information with the responsible agency and collaborate with them on ways to address those issues and opportunities.”

A draft strategic plan will be made available for public review and comment in September, with a final strategic plan presented to City Council for action in October. Questions regarding the City’s strategic planning process may be directed to the DeKalb City Manager’s Office at 815-748-2090.

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