The Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority has set Tuesday, February 12th as the date for a half-day strategic planning session.
The upcoming planning session was an agenda item for the January meeting of the DDA’s board of directors Friday morning (January 4th).
During a post-meeting interview with the River Country Journal, DDA Chairman Jeff Zimont noted that the planning session is an annual event “where a lot of the ‘meat and potatoes’ of our work comes into play – where we can have a chance to not only look at some accomplishments in the past year, but also to plan for the upcoming year.”
Zimont said that DDA committees will be more involved this year – leading up to the strategic planning meeting – “so that when we come together for that meeting we’ll be more prepared and be able to really set the course for the next year for our board.” (Jeff Zimont audio clip – :32)
Zimont noted an outline prepared by City Manager Joe Bippus to assist committee members in their efforts to prepare for the planning meeting, a document that was included in the agenda packet for Friday’s DDA meeting. Bippus serves as a member of the DDA board. (Click on the following link to view the outline: Three Rivers DDA 2013 Strategic Planning Proposals.)
This year’s strategic planning session will take place in the context of the DDA’s relationship to the Michigan Main Street Program at the ‘Associate’ level and the consideration being given to possibly moving up to the program’s ‘Select’ level. Regarding the higher level, Zimont said, “There are many resources they can provide to us, at no cost, that will enhance the work that our committees and board members are doing, and our volunteers that we have out there working with us as well.”
The strategic planning session is slated to run from 8 a.m. until noon and be held in the meeting room at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.
For additional insights about the February 12th strategic planning meeting, click on the following link to hear the interview with Jeff Zimont, recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal: Jeff Zimont interview (2:36 – 2.38 MB).