Cambridge Connected Strategic Plan

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It is time to update the strategic plan for the City of Cambridge, and we want to hear from you!

Why do we need a strategic plan?

A strategic plan provides a foundation for decision making, priority setting and ongoing performance management. Creating a strategic plan requires connecting with the community, to ensure the City’s services reflect the priorities of the people who live, work and play here.

The Cambridge Connected Strategic Plan will: connect the community’s vision and goals with the corporate mission, values and actions of the City; guide decision-making; help direct tax dollars to

It is time to update the strategic plan for the City of Cambridge, and we want to hear from you!

Why do we need a strategic plan?

A strategic plan provides a foundation for decision making, priority setting and ongoing performance management. Creating a strategic plan requires connecting with the community, to ensure the City’s services reflect the priorities of the people who live, work and play here.

The Cambridge Connected Strategic Plan will: connect the community’s vision and goals with the corporate mission, values and actions of the City; guide decision-making; help direct tax dollars to community priorities; and allow the community to measure progress.

Where we’ve been:

In January 2016, Cambridge City Council approved the first four-year community strategic plan, Cambridge Connected: Our Voice. Our Vision. Cambridge Connected brought together stakeholders in an extensive engagement process to develop the vision, mission and values that provide a starting point for the City’s priority setting.

The 2016-2019 plan identified 7 goals and 26 objectives. We reported on the implementation of the plan using our strategic plan dashboard (cambridge.ca/strategicplan) and annual business plans (cambridge.ca/businessplan)

What are the next steps?

We are now updating the strategic plan for the 2020 - 2023 time frame. The resulting plan must meet the needs of all stakeholders – community, Council and staff – in terms of decision making, priority setting and ongoing performance management in the City of Cambridge. We will approach this project in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Understanding where we’ve been (January to March)This will include a community satisfaction survey, orientation for the project team and Council, and a public launch event.
  • Phase 2: Where do we want to go as a community? (March to May) - This phase will involve significant public engagement and will be focused on understanding community priorities. A summary report will identify the key themes and potential goals or strategic actions that will be further explored in Phase 3.
  • Phase 3: Moving forward (June to October) – This phase will involve consultation on a draft strategic plan, and will look at recommendations for implementation and measurement.
  • Earlier this year, the City conducted its first Community Satisfaction Survey. The final report can be downloaded from the 'documents' section of this project page. Compared to other statements, far fewer residents responding to the survey agreed that “The City of Cambridge provides transparent government”. We want to understand why that’s the case and how we can improve.

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  • One of the key themes to emerge from Phase 1 was the importance of public value and providing engaging, trusted stewardship of our shared resources.

    This is the fourth of five weekly community surveys that will seek additional input into the emerging themes of the Cambridge Connected strategic plan. Your feedback will help to inform the development of strategic goals and objectives for 2020-2023. 

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  • One of the key themes to emerge from Phase 1 was the importance of supporting small business success and creating economic prosperity for all

    This is the third of five weekly community surveys that will seek additional input into the emerging themes of the Cambridge Connected strategic plan. Your feedback will help to inform the development of strategic goals and objectives for 2020-2023. 

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  • One of the key themes to emerge from Phase 1 was the importance of having a liveable, green city for residents and visitors

    This is the second of five weekly community surveys that will seek additional input into the emerging themes of the Cambridge Connected strategic plan. Your feedback will help to inform the development of strategic goals and objectives for 2020-2023. 

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  • One of the key themes to emerge from Phase 1 was the importance of creating a strong sense of community and belonging in Cambridge. 

    This is the first of five weekly community surveys that will seek additional input into the emerging themes of the Cambridge Connected strategic plan. Your feedback will help to inform the development of strategic goals and objectives for 2020-2023. 

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  • CLOSED: This survey ended on February 28, 2020. Thanks for your interest and check back soon for results!

    The City of Cambridge is conducting a survey for residents so that you can share your opinions about what's most important to you as it relates to your local municipal government. 

    The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. 

    The information we gather through this survey is an important first step in building the City's 2020-2023 strategic plan because it will help us understand how we're doing and what is most important to you. 

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