City approves three-year Strategic Plan with focus on population growth
Swift Current City Council gave unanimous approval to a three-year Strategic Plan as the start of a longer term strategy which is aiming to grow Swift Current’s population to 25,000 by 2025.
The document builds on some of the themes introduced in the former three-year Strategic Plan which expired at the end of 2013, with the new plan envisioning growth by establishing the policies and priorities to grow the community.
“We decided that as a Council we want to set a high bar. Not only for the remainder of this term but for Council’s in the future, that we’re a community that’s very serious about growing our population. Because obviously with that comes greater opportunities in employment and amenities and quality of life,” Mayor Jerrod Schafer said following the approval of the new Strategic Plan. “We want the world to know that we’re open for business, that we want to attract business, and that we offer a high quality of life for all demographics.”
The 18 page plan covers a series of strategic directions the City is looking to follow from 2014 to 2016, and City of Swift Current Chief Administrative Officer Susan Motkaluk feels by having a clear vision for how to proceed with a growth focussed agenda it provides a clear direction for administration.
“It was a lot of discussion internally with the administrative team. Is this achievable? Is this a dream? Is this something that we can do? And of course very lengthy discussions with City Council as well. We really want to reach for that growth and we want to reach high. So the concept of a goal and a vision of 25,000 we certainly feel like it’s achievable but we also know it’s going to be tough to get there,” Motkaluk said.
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