City of Smithville, Missouri, USA (2019)

City of Smithville, Missouri, USA (2019)

Creating A Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan for the City of Smithville

Project Overview

Background

The City of Smithville is located on the northern edge of the Kansas City metropolis. It is anchored by a high performing school district, Smithville lake and a rejuvenated main street. With a population of 8,768 in 2012, the city is growing and has experienced a 318% population increase since 1990.

With a relatively new and energized leadership that is looking forward, along with a new resident population, including many young families, the City of Smithville is embarking upon a new planning process. The City has contracted Future iQ to guide a Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan process for the community.

About the Project

The Community Vision will represent the whole community, reflect core community values address emerging trends and issues, imagine a preferred future, and promote local action. The Community Strategic Action Plan will direct efforts and resources toward a defined vision for the future employing a roadmap that is realistic, achievable and sustainable.

The visioning and strategic planning process aims to provide a response to the following questions:

  • What should the City of Smithville become?
  • What makes the City of Smithville unique and special and how can the City use these characteristics to prepare for the future?
  • How will community stakeholder preferences fit into this vision?

Future iQ®'s Role in this Project

    Future iQ has been contracted to guide the City of Smithville in the process of creating of a new Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan that involves:

    • Background research including Benchmarking the City against similar Cities and Towns across the United States
    • A communication plan for the project
    • Facilitation of a scenario-based City of Smithville Future Think-Tank producing a Scenarios of the Future Report
    • Extensive community stakeholder engagement
    • Think-Tank and Community Surveys
    • Data analysis and visualization presented on Future iQ’s Lab Portal
    • Vision validation through a Think-Tank Reconvene
    • Production of the City of Smithville Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan