Strategic Priorities

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City of Tumwater Strategic Priorities 2019-2024

The City Council has committed the organization to being mission-driven and beliefs-based, using the Vision, Mission and Beliefs adopted by the Council early in 2010. The City strives to have the Vision, Mission and Beliefs guide decision-making and planning throughout the organization. Following the adoption of a Strategic Plan that included the Vision, Mission and Beliefs, the City Council adopted Strategic Priorities which are intended to address the City’s priorities for the expenditure of discretionary resources (money, staff, equipment, facilities) over the next 5-10 years. Based on discussion at the May 2018 Retreat, the City Council adopted revised Strategic Priorities on July 17, 2018, which are used by staff to develop budget recommendations and projects and program options to the extent resources are available. As listed, these Strategic Priorities reflect no priority ranking. 

Pursue Targeted Community Development Opportunities

  • Facilitate brewery redevelopment
  • Implement public/private partnerships to rehabilitate the Historic Old Brewhouse
  • Rejuvenate the Brewery Neighborhood
  • Work with SPSCC and others to build Tumwater’s brand in support of the craft beverage industry
  • Review implementation of the Tumwater Town Center Plan
  • Implement the transformation of Capitol Boulevard
  • Partner with WSDOT on the redevelopment of the Capitol Boulevard site
  • Work with a community task force to review and update the Economic Development Plan
  • Invite people working in Tumwater into the community (to live, shop, visit)
  • Continue efforts to market Tumwater city-wide as opportunities arise
  • Implement the Cemetery Master Plan
  • Regularly review the progress on major plan initiatives and focus resources on implementation
  • Seek opportunities to recruit key employers to move south to Tumwater
  • Engage the Port in advancing economic development
  • Work with land owners, regulatory agencies, Port, and the community to mitigate the impacts of the Pocket Gopher listing
  • Explore streetscape designs unique to the Warehouse, Brewery, Littlerock and Craft Districts

Build a Community Recognized for Quality, Compassion and Humanity

  • Pursue “quality of life” (e.g., trails, trees, parks) and aesthetic improvements (hanging baskets, public art, specialty and wayfinding signs, landscaping)
  • Partner with WDFW for the completion of the Deschutes Watershed Center
  • Preserve and showcase Tumwater’s cultural heritage
  • Promote a community-based arts program
  • Grow an effective code enforcement program
  • Work with government, non-profit, and private partners to develop and implement a performance-based plan for affordable housing and to address homelessness
  • Explore with the School District greater partnerships and collaborations to improve the community
  • Provide high quality municipal facilities and parks by providing dedicated long-term funding
  • Work with partner organizations and jurisdictions to implement our goals to build a better community

Create and Maintain a Transportation System Safe for All Modes of Travel 

  • Construct an inter-connected bicycle and pedestrian system, including developing improved neighborhood connections and enhancing overall bicycle and pedestrian safety
  • Design and build the E Street Connection
  • Improve street and sidewalk maintenance
  • Develop a sidewalk plan to improve pedestrian connectivity, sidewalk construction and maintenance/repair, and filling the missing segments
  • Complete the Tumwater Valley Trail
  • Explore and utilize lower cost pedestrian facilities (e.g., asphalt paths) as a transition to permanent and long-term facilities
  • Study the impact of autonomous vehicles on the City design and operations

Provide and Sustain Quality Public Safety Services

  • Explore regional fire and emergency medical services
  • Maintain public safety staffing for police and the two fire stations
  • Continue to develop a code enforcement program
  • Implement the Emergency Management Plan for City operations and the public
  • Annex the unincorporated islands to enhance public safety
  • Explore regional partnerships to provide social and health services in lieu of current emergency response model
  • Pursue data-driven crime analysis/proactive enforcement

Refine and Sustain a Great Organization

  • Attract and grow a talented workforce that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable
  • Be fiscally responsible and develop sustainable financial strategies
  • Develop and execute a Customer Service Program and elevate respectfulness in the workplace through training
  • Utilize technology to improve access, customer service, and efficiency
  • Continue to empower employees to improve organizational performance
  • Promote employee safety
  • Increase connections and partnership opportunities with other organizations, governments, and partners
  • Encourage greater community involvement by employees and officials
  • Continue to expand and explore effective methods to market Tumwater, tell our story, and engage citizens and businesses in City government and civic organizations
  • Maximize the Golf Course’s financial condition and benefits to the community, including expanded use by non-golf activities
  • Expand community volunteer, leadership, and engagement programs
  • Construct a new public works maintenance facility
  • Implement long-term supplemental funding strategies to improve parks and recreation
  • Replace enterprise technology software (Eden) with a supported and integrated system

Be a Leader in Environmental Sustainability

  • Reduce the City’s carbon footprint
  • Work with partners to preserve valuable open space and sensitive areas
  • Enhance the environment for bees and pollinators
  • Work with partners to develop a regional climate action plan with measurable targets to reduce our community's carbon footprint
  • Expand electric vehicle infrastructure
  • Develop new approaches to tree preservation and urban forestry management
  • Reduce ground and surface water impacts associated with street and freeway runoff and urban activity
  • Work with regional partners to protect groundwater by connecting higher risk septic tanks to LOTT

Download Resolution No. R2018-020, Strategic Priorities and Goals 2019-2024  pdf-icon-sm

Tumwater City Council Strategic Plan pdf-icon-sm