As I have talked about multiple times in blogs I have written, I have challenged our council to not only cast a vision for Bellevue, but to lay out a strategic plan as to how they would accomplish their vision.
In my efforts volunteering around the community I took a look back at any communications that I received from the multiple groups of which I have been a part and it reminded me that at one point there was a vision.
In 2008, members of council, employees of the borough, heads of volunteer groups, and citizens came together. Under the guidance of respected professional experienced in strategic planning and leadership, this group was lead through a series of exercises to define a mission for Bellevue.
In my line of work, I too am an expert in business processes and analyzing system for reduction in waste of both money and time. I am very familiar with the process that they went through and the open mindedness that is required to bring a cross functional group such as this together in order to achieve a consensus on laying out a path for the future.
The groups discussed various aspects of what they thought were strengths and weaknesses in Bellevue. Once that was complete all of their thoughts and ideas were put into categories and further refined.
The categories that they came up with were:
Leadership, Public Safety Awareness, Community Planning, Marketing, Parks and Recreation, Investing in the next generation, Positive Community mindset, Reestablishing the Business District and Increasing property values
As you know, all of these categories are things that have been discussed at length by Liberty in Bellevue.
Over the next few days, I will address each of these categories for two purposes: 1) To explore what was once the strategic plan for Bellevue and what our community leaders discussed 5 years ago. 2) As I have challenged the council to lay out a plan, I too will share my own in the hopes that it spurs creative conversation and puts us on a path of open communication to talk about where we want to see Bellevue go.
I firmly support the statement of action that this group came up with and it’s now time to get us back on this track. The mission statement generated by this group was: