A dynamically planned city is rooted in aspiration and accountability. The city charter boldly and publicly declares not just what the city does but what it will be – serving as both a foundation and catalyst for dynamic city plans that are strategic, inclusive, and reflect the billion-dollar budgets and industriousness of the thousands of employees and residents available to implement them. They also live up to the gravity and urgency of the seemingly-intractable issues to be tackled and solved for the city to be successful long into the future. Transparency of vision becomes transparency in performance for residents and all stakeholders in the form of systems that reveal the presence (or absence) of progress on key goals. Altogether, being dynamically planned keeps the vision and reality of city-building front-and-center, fresh and relevant.
Director of Audit and Performance, City of Indianapolis-Marion County
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