- What does a city see as its mission?
How does it address its biggest issues?
Where does it hope to go in the next few decades?
Leaders in Merrill want to answer those questions with their first-ever strategic plan.
Strategic plans are designed to give organizations, or, in this case, the City of Merrill, long-term, big-idea direction that helps leaders make day-by-day decisions.
Merrill is working on their first strategic plan with the help of the UW-Extension.
"Success would look like three or four very important strategic issues that the city government feels its going to face in the next several years and creating an action plan to address those issues," says Art Lersch of the Lincoln County UW-Extension, who is helping form the plan.
One of those issues might include increasing the city's tax base.
The strategic plan should be finished this summer.
When it is, Merrill will be one of the few small communities in Wisconsin with a strategic plan.