Every five years, the City Manager is responsible for preparing and submitting a strategic plan to the City Council. A strategic plan sets goals for an organization and outlines a plan to achieve them. Strategic Planning is a best practice for all organizations, both public and private. With input from constituents, the City’s Strategic Plan represents a shared vision for the future of Santa Ana. The Five-Year Strategic Plan includes the following Strategic Priorities (not listed in order of importance):
- Financial Stability
- Community Safety
- Modern Facilities & Infrastructure
- Efficient City Services
- Economic Diversification & Expansion
Each Strategic Priority has associated goals and performance measurements for the next five years. The Strategic Plan also includes initiatives that will be developed one year at a time, using the Strategic Priorities and Goals as a guide. City management has internally developed specific initiatives for Fiscal Year 2020-21 to support each goal.