“Most people think of public works as the department that fixes things. But in the City of Largo, Fla., it’s also the department that plans ahead.

It does this so well that the American Public Works Association (APWA) recommends Largo’s strategic planning process as a model practice for others to follow when applying for APWA accreditation. Since becoming accredited in 2008, a three-year cycle that produced a set plan has changed to a five-year rolling process that makes it easier for department managers to match priorities to financial and capital planning documents on a $12.6 million budget.”

 Why should you read this article? It appears that someone is making a success of strategic planning. Public Works, December 2014