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Six Selected to Move Forward in Search for Firms to Guide Citywide Strategic Planning and Visioning

In the City of Tacoma's search for a firm to facilitate its citywide strategic planning and visioning process, these six firms will move on to interviews from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 in the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St., Room 248): 

  • Athena Group, LLC - Olympia, Wash.
  • Beckwith Consulting Group - LaConner, Wash.
  • BDS Planning and Urban Design - Seattle, Wash.
  • Community Attributes Inc. - Seattle, Wash.
  • Fern Tiger Associates - Oakland, Calif.
  • Strategies 360 - Seattle, Wash.

The public is welcome to witness these interviews as they are taking place. A brief description of each firm is available here.

The firm that is ultimately selected will guide the development of a Strategic Visioning Plan, which will provide an action plan for the next five years and set the course for Tacoma over the next decade. The plan would also help the City direct its resources toward a defined vision for a future that is reflective of community priorities, considers current and future trends, and bolsters the City’s unique position within the region. 

"Tacoma is part of what has been recently dubbed in the national media as one of a dozen 'mega' regions in the United States," said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. "It is home to nearly 10 million people and generates an annual economic output of about $600 billion. The Puget Sound Region alone is forecasted to reach a population of nearly 5 million people with more than 3 million new jobs by 2040. The Strategic Visioning Plan that evolves from this process will not sit on a shelf and collect dust. It will be a plan of action to help ensure that Tacoma is well positioned to fully utilize its assets and identify opportunities to improve the quality of life for residents of our city."

"Civic engagement will be core to the development of the Strategic Visioning Plan," said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. "This will be a process that is accessible and transparent to all, as the City works with residents and other stakeholders to ensure that this plan is a solid, ambitious and viable living document."  

The strategic planning and visioning process will address these seven key focus areas: 

  • Public Health and Safety 
  • Quality of Life and Livability 
  • Economic Vibrancy and Employment 
  • Culture, Arts and Recreation 
  • Educational Opportunity and Attainment 
  • Effective, Efficient and Economical Government Performance 
  • Infrastructure, Mobility and Environmental Sustainability 

Additionally, City Council and staff will use public feedback received throughout the civic engagement component of the strategic planning and visioning process to inform the way the City develops its 2015-2016 Biennial Budget and future budgets. The Strategic Visioning Plan will also serve as the overarching document by which all other City plans, policies, programs, and department or individual evaluations are established. 


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