2020 Strategic Plan: A look at the City's goals and plans

The City of Lawrence adopted its first strategic plan in March of 2017. That plan includes seven critical success factors and eight priority initiatives. The goal was to complete each of the priority initiatives within two or three years of the plan's adoption. As that work is nearing completion, it is now time for the City to once again look at its strategic plan.

The City hired The Novak Consulting Group to help facilitate the revisioning of the strategic plan. There are five steps to completing this update:

  1. Initiate Project - Completed
  2. Conduct Public Outreach - Completed
  3. Facilitate City Commission Retreat - Upcoming
    • The City Commission Retreat has been postponed until further notice.
  4. Draft Strategic Plan - Upcoming
  5. Adopt Strategic Plan - Upcoming

As part of the “Conduct Public Outreach” step, it was important for the City to hear from as many different people as possible. There were several public engagement opportunities throughout February and early March that allowed us to hear from Lawrence residents.

There were four key ways we received input:

  • Large community meetings. These were the primary public meetings for soliciting feedback on the strategic plan. The sessions were held in the Carnegie Building, 200 W 9th St., at the following times:
    • Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

    • Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m.

  • Smaller satellite meetings. Also open to the public, these meetings were for those unable to attend one of the larger community meetings. They were held at the following times and locations:
    • Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. in the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N 2nd St.
    • Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2:30 pm in the Santa Fe Depot, 413 E 7th St.
    • Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. in Sports Pavilion Lawrence (Legacy Room), 100 Rock Chalk Ln.
    • Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. in the Lawrence Public Library (Meeting Room B), 707 Vermont St.

  • Small group discussions. The City created a Lawrence Listens Team, which consists of staff members trained to facilitate small group discussions with community organizations. Groups interested in hosting a discussion led by the Lawrence Listens Team were able to reach out via email (strategicplan@lawrenceks.org) to request a meeting or additional information.

You can stay up-to-date on the Strategic Plan process by subscribing to the e-news list. Go to lawrenceks.org/subscriptions and check “Strategic Planning Process” to get subscribed. We've also created a Strategic Plan 2020 infographic with information on the community engagement opportunities.

Next Steps

Now that public input has been received, The Novak Consulting Group will compile all the feedback and create a report for the City Commission to review prior to a retreat. Initially, the City Commission Retreat was scheduled for March 28. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak that meeting has been postponed to a later date. Once a new retreat date is established, it will be communicated to the public via new release and it will be posted here.


If you have questions about the strategic plan, please send us an email at strategicplan@lawrenceks.org.

Strategic Plan Archives

For additional information on the strategic plan, please visit our archives page at www.lawrenceks.org/strategic-plan/archive.