Many community’s with such large dreams and big hope lack a common factor. The missing factor is the community having a solid strategic plan. In order for these community’s to have a solid strategic plan they need to have the ability to maintain the resources needed to succeed at the community’s over all goals.
- The best communities couple a strategic plan for the community with the resourced plans needed to get there.
- Overall, more than two-thirds of communities that have approved strategies lack the resourced community roadmap for implementation.
- The roadmap conversation and resource discussion, while never easy, can also serve as a valuable opportunity to get stakeholders to understand community as more than just words on a page, and see how community can develop in or around your organization.
“And for the second straight year, most community managers said they had the strategy, but not the roadmap. That’s like having a destination and a car, but no planned route – or way to get refueled on the way.”