Strategic planning is a structured and coordinated process for fostering decision-making. A strategic plan communicates an organization’s long-term goals and the objectives which must be met to achieve them. In order to remain useful, the strategic plan must be a dynamic, not static, document, consistently updated to address the most challenging issues facing the organization.
The City of National City’s strategic plan is adopted by the City Council for a five-year period and is updated every two years. The most recent update of the strategic plan occurred in 2019.
To develop the strategic plan, City staff works with all departments to assess needs and establish priorities for implementing policies, programs, plans, and projects. Staff then presents its recommendations to the City Council during a series of City Council meetings and workshops, where the strategic plan is refined and approved.
The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan was developed during the 2019 budget cycle. It was adopted by the City Council at its regular meeting of December 3, 2019.