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Town of Didsbury considering using a strategic planning consultant

:Securing a facilitator...will position our municipality for a bright and successful future..." said Town of Didsbury CAO Ethan Gorner

DIDSBURY - Town council has passed a motion calling on administration to explore options for a strategic planning consultant to be engaged to facilitate the drafting of a new strategic plan and that qualified options be brought back for council’s consideration.

The move came by way of motion at the recently regularly scheduled council meeting.

“To create a strong and focused four-year strategic plan with an inclusive and collaborative community vision for our future,” said Ethan Gorner, the Town of Didsbury's chief administrative officer. “It is important to research opportunities and options to secure the best facilitator for strategic planning for this council term.

“Securing a facilitator, who can guide us through the process to build a plan for success, will position our municipality for a bright and successful future and would help us to be as inclusive as possible, and to get the plan done in as timely a manner as possible.”

Following the recent municipal election, initial strategic planning in preparation for the creation of the new plan got underway in October. 

“The mayor and some council members have displayed interest in engaging a qualified strategic consultant to potentially facilitate and assist with the drafting of the new plan,” he said.

“It is not only council who is a stakeholder in the creation of a strategic plan; it is also administration, personnel and our citizens.”

Council did not set a date for the qualified options to be brought back before council.