City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County
SANTA ANA, CA (September 19, 2013) – The Santa Ana City Council is pleased to announce that the Strategic Planning Information Portal can now be viewed on the City’s web page. (http://www.santa-ana.org/strategic-planning/) Santa Ana is undertaking a five-year strategic planning process to hear from the Santa Ana community about their priorities. The City Council is soliciting input into this planning process from representatives from a broad range of community interests such as: residents, business owners, nonprofit organizations, students, the faith-based community, property owners, educators, and other interested stakeholders. All members of the community are encouraged to visit the City’s web page to see the input that has been provided so far. This is an exciting time to be a member of the Santa Ana community and City Council wants everyone to participate in this important process.
On August 10, 2013, the City hosted a Community Forum where approximately 180 members of the community attended to provide input into the City’s Five-Year Strategic Plan. As part of the process, participants were asked to share one word to describe their vision for Santa Ana five years from now. The attached word cloud represents their collective input. The larger the word, the more it was used by participants to describe their vision for “Santa Ana’s future.” The City also hosted four Focus Group meetings on September 5, 2013, two for community stakeholders and two for employees. The information garnered from both the Community Forum and the Focus Group meetings is being used to develop a community survey.
So, what’s next?
Starting October 1, 2013, the City’s Community Survey will be available for all to complete. The link to the survey will be available on the web page. The survey results, together with all the other community input, will be presented to the City Council at a public workshop later this Fall. With this input, the Council will shape the five-year strategic plan.
Residential and business community members who were not able to attend the Community Forum or Focus Group meetings can have their voice heard by completing the survey. Plus there will be additional public meetings with opportunities to provide input. The Strategic Planning web page in the “Process Schedule” section will list the dates of upcoming public meetings on the five-year strategic plan. Check the web page often to get the most recent information and to see the raw data that was compiled during the different phases.
*Non-English speaking members of the Santa Ana community can translate the City’s web pages using the Google Translate feature, which is located in the upper right corner of the pages.
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