Build Your Skills Toolbox
Examples of strategic planning and decision-making as an elected official include:
- Listening to and considering a variety of perspectives in order to make decisions.
- Ability to develop long-term plans.
- Encouraging creativity of ideas.
- Building trust and consensus; investing in relationships and understanding of core values.
Staff specialists are available to answer your questions about making decisions and doing strategic planning in your role as elected leader.
Roles and Authority
Research and Inquiry Service
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Incorporating Strategic Planning Into Your Decision-Making
Dave Unmacht, Executive Director
Luke Fischer, Deputy Director
Pamela Whitmore, Collaboration and Mediation Manager
The League’s website features links to several important resources for elected officials that you can explore as needed.
- The Handbook for Minnesota Cities includes a wide range of topics key to elected leaders, including role and authority.
- Minnesota Cities (the League’s magazine) regularly features articles for elected officials, such as one about how to be strategic even during a crisis.
- The Minnesota Mayor’s Handbook is available here.
- LMCIT Resource Page on Collaboration Services.
- Land Use Planning/Decisions:
- Planning and Zoning 101, LMCIT Informational Memo
- Zoning Decisions, LMCIT Informational Memo
- Taking the Mystery Out of Findings of Fact, LMCIT Informational Memo
- Handbook for Minnesota Cities Chapter 13: Comprehensive Planning, Land Use, and City-Owned Land
- Financial Planning
- Budget Guide for Cities, LMC Informational Memo
- Minnesota Cities magazine: “Financial Management Planning: It’s a Matter of Dollars and Sense”(Sept./Oct. 2019)
- Human Resources Planning
- Minnesota Cities magazine: “Succession Planning and the Hunt for Talent” (Mar./Apr. 2020)
- HR Reference Manual
As a League member, you have access to a wide range of educational and networking opportunities. Find ones that work best for your schedule and learning style. Learn about ways to build relationships with other elected officials for support and networking.