Marceline, MO –
During its regular scheduled meeting on March 17, 2015, the Marceline City
Ordinance #15-03.06 to implement the City’s first Strategic Plan, supported
by its Vision and Mission Statement. The 5-year plan defines where
Marceline is going, how it will get there and the measures of success over time.
It will also ensure the most effective use of the City’s limited resources by
focusing those resources on key priorities.
Public Meetings were held on February 12th & 26th at the
Walsworth Community Center titled: “Community Planning for a United
Vision”. Approximately 35-45 members of the public attended each session
that was hosted by the Green Hills Regional Planning Council. Attendees
represented a broad range of the community to include high school students,
business owners, industry professionals, farmers, and property owners.
To view the Plan, visit:
“This plan was prepared with input from the citizens of Marceline for a
stronger, healthier community in terms of job creation, marketing and tourism,
and downtown concerns,” said Richard Hoon, Marceline City Manager. “The
City, its residents and visitors will benefit in the successful implementation
of this Strategic Plan through job creation, business openings and expansions,
increased tourism, population increase - all of which increases City revenue and
ultimately results in a higher quality of life.”
With a population of 2,233, Marceline has unique issues and concerns not shared
by larger metropolitan areas with a higher population and diverse demographics,
such as crime, transportation, infrastructure, etc. Therefore, the
Strategic Planning process for Marceline is more simplistic, addressing the top
three concerns that were identified during the public meetings, through goals
and objectives that can be accomplished within the next five years.
Enhancement and revitalization of the Downtown Business District with new,
vibrant business activity
employment opportunities and marketable job skills in the City and the Region
Promote the City, its events and amenities, and support local businesses through
increased marketing and promotions
“A community does not function well on a reactionary basis, but rather, it must
be proactive, through planning and collaboration, to address the concerns and
issues that keep it from being successful.” added Hoon.
Following implementation, the City will track the individual projects to gauge
the success of a Strategic Plan. Individual successes will be reported
publicly through news releases and posted on the City’s website at
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