In February 2014, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors began the process of updating the County Strategic Plan. The process, which included elected officials and staff from across the organization, is the continuation of a "best practice" which began in 2008 and garnered Pinal County an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Certificate of Excellence in 2012. The updated Pinal County Strategic Plan emphasizes:
- Countywide strategic planning that identifies strategic priorities with the goal of allocating resources to those priorities;
- A strong focus on economic development while maintaining financial stability of the county;
- Delivering services in a cost effective way with the long term goal of tying funding to countywide strategic priorities/department performance measures;
- Using performance data to make informed operational decisions;
- Improving long-range planning, i.e. better identifying infrastructure needs before they become critical;
- Improving accountability and responsibility in serving the public, and;
- A focus on employee morale, retention and recruitment.
Why Develop a Strategic Plan?
Strategic planning is the process of identifying long-term goals and objectives then determining the best approach for achieving those goals and objectives. There are many advantages to using this methodology, but in short, strategic planning:
- Requires county leadership to look into the future, providing an opportunity to influence the future;
- Defines the vision and mission of county government and focuses leadership on goals and objectives;
- Provides better awareness of organizational direction, needs and continuity;
- Helps bring all county employees into an integrated service deliver system providing standards of accountability for people, programs and allocated resources.