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Strategic Priorities

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City of Tumwater Strategic Priorities 2021-2026

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 January 2020 Retreat, the City Council adopted revised Strategic Priorities on March 17, 2020, 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
  • Continue 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
  • Implement the Economic Development Plan with focused efforts to attract and retain business and to develop underutilized (brownfield) properties
  • Invite people working in Tumwater into the community to live, shop, visit, and do business
  • Seek opportunities to market Tumwater
  • 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 locate in Tumwater
  • Welcome and celebrate new businesses
  • Engage the Port in advancing economic development, including agriculture, housing, etc.
  • Work with land owners, regulatory agencies, the Port, and the community to mitigate the impacts of the endangered species listings
  • Explore streetscape designs unique to the Warehouse, Brewery, Littlerock and Craft Districts
  • Grow and encourage neighborhood-scale gathering places with food, beverage, and shopping options (e.g. food trucks, farmers market, etc.)

Build a Community Recognized for Quality, Compassion and Humanity

  • Work with government, non-profit, and private partners to develop and implement a performance-based plan for affordable housing and to address homelessness
  • Pursue “quality of life” (e.g., trails, trees, parks, community gardens, events) and aesthetic improvements (hanging baskets, public art, specialty and wayfinding signs, landscaping)
  • Partner with WDFW and support the Squaxin Island Tribe to complete the Deschutes Watershed Center
  • Preserve and showcase Tumwater’s cultural heritage
  • Promote a community-based arts program with a plan and guiding commission
  • Grow an effective code enforcement program
  • Expand partnerships and collaborations with the School District and targeted providers to improve and strengthen social service networks
  • Provide high quality municipal facilities and parks
  • Promote the golf course as a community asset
  • Work with partner organizations and jurisdictions to implement our goals to build a more inclusive community
  • Effectively engage the community in public notice and involvement activities

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
  • Ensure sustainable funding to maintain and improve streets and sidewalks
  • 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 community
  • Annex the unincorporated islands to enhance public safety
  • Explore regional partnerships to provide social and health services, including Integrated Emergency Health Care (Community Paramedicine) in lieu of current emergency response model
  • Pursue data-driven crime analysis/proactive enforcement
  • Focus on healthy youth initiatives such as tobacco and vape cessation and prevention
  • Empower employees and service providers with knowledge and resources to connect people to social and behavioral health services

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 training program to provide onboarding, professional development, and succession planning
  • Maximize collaboration and technology to improve access, customer service, and efficiency providing prospective and real time notices (street projects, street sweeping, accidents, fires, crimes, etc.) to the community
  • 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 the expanded use by non-golf activities
  • Expand community volunteer, leadership, and engagement programs
  • Develop and implement strategy for construction of a new public works operations and 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 carbon footprint of the City organization
  • Work with partners to preserve valuable open space and sensitive areas
  • Enhance the environment for bees and pollinators
  • Work with partners to develop and implement 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
  • Recruit green employers and jobs
  • Enhance salmon runs
  • Expand food system resilience with local production and community garden initiatives

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

Tumwater City Council Strategic Plan pdf-icon-sm