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$92,000 Clayton Contract to Fund 20-Year Strategic Plan

The Novak Consulting Group, an Ohio company, will work with city officials and residents on the project.

A consulting group will use $92,000 to help develop a strategic plan governing the city's next 20 years.

At a meeting March 13, the Board of Aldermen with The Novak Consulting Group, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The city budgeted $100,000 for the project.

The work will include a detailed implementation plan for the next five years, a March 13 memo from Owens to Mayor Linda Goldstein and the aldermen states. Novak will be responsible for doing the following:

  • conducting an environmental scan
  • soliciting broad public engagement
  • developing a plan including responsible parties, timelines, steps and measurable indicators of progress

A section of the city's contract with the company describes the work this way:

"Novak agrees to assist Clayton in the development of a long-range strategic plan for the City for the next 20 year timeframe and a plan for implementation of the first five years of the plan’s timeframe utilizing a 'Search Conference' methodology which 'brings people together to achieve breakthrough innovation, empowerment, shared vision and collaborative action' in accord with principles articulated in the book Discovering Common Ground, by Marvin R. Weisbord, 1992."

The city solicited proposals for the work in December. Clayton staff, elected officials and community members identified the company through a competitive selection process, the memo states.

Novak is expected to receive payments along the way as work on various tasks wraps up.

The company has performed strategic planning for cities such as Aurora, CO; Dublin, OH; and Murray, UT, its website states.

GETTTA CLUE March 26, 2012 at 03:18 PM
ANOTHER WASTE OF TAXPAYER'S MONIES --- SO, BETWEEN THE OFTEN-HERALDED MAYOR AND THE BLOWHARD ALDERMEN, CLAYTON CAN NOT COME UP WITH ITS OWN STRATEGIC PLAN ? NOOOOOO --- LET'S DROP $100,000 TO AN OUT-OF-STATE FIRM THAT CLAIMS MURRAY, UTAH AS A REFERENCE -- - PER CAPITA INCOME IN MURRAY IS $21,000, PER CAPITA INCOME IN CLAYTON IS $40,000..... SO LET'S COMPARE AN AVOCADO TO AN ORANGE !!! AND WHATEVER HAPPENED TO "LOCAL SPENDING" ? THERE ARE MANY FIRMS IN CLAYTON THAT COULD HAVE HANDLED THIS JOB !!!! GET A CLUE CITY HALL !!!! IF YOU HAD ANY BRAINPOWER, YOU COULD HAVE DONE THE WORK YOURSELF AND THEN PURCHASED ANOTHER 15 SOLAR-POWERED TRASHCANS ! ! !

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