Naperville Needs You. Help Shape the Possibilities.
Community feedback sought through Strategic Plan’s NapervilleNext survey
Beginning this month, the Naperville community is asked to help shape what’s next for the City. A collaborative process will update Naperville’s Strategic Plan to maintain the City’s resiliency while preparing for opportunities and challenges. The three-year plan will provide strategic focus for the City’s programs, services and initiatives based on community priorities.
“Strategic planning is a best practice in local government and so important to focusing the efforts of elected officials and staff,” said Mayor Steve Chirico. “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and face a changing future, having a strategic plan in place will help us to direct resources where they are needed most. A meaningful strategic plan will reflect the views of our community, making broad participation critical in the process. We urge everyone to participate.”
The strategic planning process encourages the community to share its top priorities for the City, which is critical for allocating financial resources and personnel to areas residents and businesses consider most important. Community members are asked to provide strategic plan input virtually for the safety of all. Participating in a short, online survey is the first opportunity.
Start Now with the NapervilleNext Survey
Community members are asked to share their vision for Naperville’s housing, economy, overall quality of life, and more with the NapervilleNext quick survey. The survey also asks about the experiences of living in Naperville. Do residents feel welcome and included? Do they have access to opportunities that allow them to thrive?
Visit www.BridgetoPossibility.org to get started. Paper copies of the survey will also be available starting the week of May 17 at the following locations:
- Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
- Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave.
- Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd.
- 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Rd.
- Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr.
- 95th Street Center, 2244 W. 95th
- Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave.
Once the survey is completed, residents can visit www.BridgetoPossibility.org to learn more about important issues for Naperville. This online platform has several additional, engaging ways to participate, including online discussion forums and quick polls.
Registered users of www.BridgetoPossibility.org can also participate in Zoom community workshops. Register today to receive updates.
In the coming months, elected officials and City staff will participate in workshops to prepare a draft strategic plan informed by public input. A draft plan is expected for presentation this summer with its adoption planned in October.
The completed Naperville Strategic Plan will:
- Include strategies for City staff and elected officials,
- Provide measurable goals and actions, and
- Reflect the City’s commitment to its mission statement.
For more information about the Naperville Strategic Plan, please visit www.BridgetoPossibility.org.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.