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The Path Forward - Council's Strategic Plan & Priorities

High River residents benefit from Council's focus on strategic planning and priority-setting to ensure Town projects contribute to long-term goals and vision, ensuring a positive future for generations to come!

Council's Strategic Priorities & Work Plan

Town Council sets Strategic Priorities supported by a 'Work Program" to ensure the achievement of the set priorities. These priorities help to set the town budgets and annual capital and operating plans. These priorities are reviewed at each Council meeting, and as priorities are completed, other priorities move up the list, working alongside the Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Leadership Team.

High River's Corporate Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022

Council and Administration complete a strategic planning cycle every four years. The current cycle runs from January 2019 until December 2022. This allows each newly-elected Council to begin strategic planning in the first year of their terms while the previous four-year plan is still in effect.

To develop the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, Council focused on motivational and organizational consultant Simon Sinek’s ‘Start with Why’ model. Council asked the question, ‘WHY do we do what we do?’ In other words, what is our purpose, cause or belief?
Why do we exist and why should anyone care. Council’s answer: to make a positive difference now and for generations to come.

The plan sets out Council's goals and priorities from 2019 - 2022. This helps guide decisions and plans as the town works to provide services and programs for High River residents.

2019 - 2022 Corporate Strategic Plan

  1. OUR WHY - "Making a positive difference now for generations to come."
  2. OUR WHAT - "People are the core of all we do."
  3. OUR HOW - "Think and act in these ways to realize our why."

The five pillars of the plan are:

  • Vibrant Community
  • Safety & Security
  • Organizational Excellence
  • Healthy Urban Environment
  • Responsible Development

These pillars are referenced in all requests for decisions at Council meetings to ensure alignment with the five pillars and the Council's vision and long-term goals.

Printed copies of the plan are also available.

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