The Portage County Board of Supervisors will get a look at a first draft of the county’s new strategic plan at its meeting Tuesday, March 19.
Walter Jankowski, owner and principle in Reinvention LLC, a Madison-based company that has been working on the plan with the county, will present the draft to the board.
Patty Dreier, Portage County executive, said the three-year strategic plan will continue to evolve over the next several months, with a goal of bringing a final version to the Board for possible approval in June.
She said the strategic planning process started in 2010 and 2011 with department-level planning within various county departments.
“Nobody sat and looked at who was the stakeholder in the whole system,” Dreier said. “What you did is you just answered the immediate need.”
Departments conducted different analyses, including cataloging their functions and their statutory mandates, as well as doing SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis and infrastructure analysis. Dreier said directors looked at everything from vehicles, to office equipment, business practices and physical space. They also looked at the existing county and departmental plans to figure out which were still relevant.
“There’s a lot of excitement,” she said. “This (the strategic plan) isn’t going to be a plan that sits on a shelf.”
Dreier also solicited input at listening sessions throughout the county where people have shared their visions for county government.