Strategic Plan for Paducah

2018 Strategic Plan Development

City of Paducah Vision Statement - The Paducah Board of Commissioners at its May 8, 2018, meeting adopted an updated vision statement for the City of Paducah.  The vision statement is Paducah is a city where people strive to reach their full potential through lifelong learning, creativity, culture, and compassion for one another

Strategic Plan Action Steps -  On August 30, 2018, City Manager Jim Arndt provided the Paducah Board of Commissioners with the Strategic Plan Action Steps document.  The completion of this document by the end of August was outlined in the Municipal Order approved by the Board in May.  Since that time, the Paducah Board of Commissioners, City Manager Arndt, and City Directors have been working on the document’s development.

View May 8, 2018, Municipal Order Adopting Vision Statement and Key Performance Areas >>
Exhibit A (from May 8) - Spreadsheet of Key Performance Areas and Objectives >>

City Manager Arndt says, “The Action Steps document provides the framework of how each objective will be accomplished by assigning key members to lead each objective, their accountability partners, an action timeline, and a statement that describes the desired outcome.”  Arndt adds, “It’s a fluid, working plan that will be strengthened as data and best practices are collected.” 

The document also provides information regarding how each objective aligns with the most recent Citizen Survey in addition to the priority levels determined from the August 7 workshop with the Paducah Board of Commissioners and staff.  Durng that workshop, the City Team collaborated and reviewed the objectives under each of the Key Performance Areas.  Each participant was asked to provide their top three and bottom three objectives for each Area.  After much discussion and tallying of the votes, the result is a prioritized list of objectives.  

Key Performance Areas - Each objective in the Strategic Plan Action Steps document is related to one of the following Key Performance Areas:  

  • Maintain high level of safety for all
  • Develop healthy and sustainable neighborhoods
  • Maintain thoughtful and modern infrastructure
  • Provide open, smart, and engaged government
  • Enhance arts and culture
  • Empower upward economic mobility for all
  • Provide excellent recreation experiences for all ages and abilities
  • Celebrate a diverse community

Monthly Reports on Action Items - Each month the City will update the process on the high priority action items.  The low to medium priority items will be updated quarterly.

October 2018 Action Items Update

Next Steps - The City Manager and staff are working to complete the Mission Statement and the Organizational Values in addition to further development of the Action Plans with updates to be provided to the Board of Commissioners.

Background - In November 2017, the Paducah Board of Commissioners, City Manager, and Department Directors participated in a strategic planning session to begin the development of goals and priorities for the City.  Julia Novak, president of the Novak Consulting Group, facilitated the interactive workshop.  To continue the strategic planning process, Mayor Harless met with community groups in January, February, and March 2018 to gather input.  The DRAFT Strategic Plan Presentation which was presented and discussed at the April 10 and April 24, 2018, meetings of the Paducah Board of Commissioners is a compilation of the information gathered over those months of planning and community engagement. 


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City of Paducah Mission Statement

The City of Paducah is financially sustainable, provides first class services delivered in a cost effective manner and has quality infrastructure and facilities.  The City engages citizens, exercises community leadership on local public service issues and is recognized as a regional leader.

Core Beliefs

To remind the public and the employees of the City's Core Beliefs, you'll find the mnemonic on the back of employee business cards and posted around City facilities.

Guiding Principles

PADUCAH IS A VIBRANT AND BEAUTIFUL RIVER CITY WHICH IS THE HEART OF FOUR RIVERS REGION.

OUR REGION HAS A STRONG ECONOMY.

OUR CITY HAS A NATIONAL REPUTATION FOR THE ARTS AND TOURISM.

WE ARE A HOMETOWN FOR FAMILIES AND AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY.

OUR RESIDENTS ENJOY A QUALITY COMMUNITY AND FUN THINGS TO DO.

PADUCAH - A GREAT PLACE TO CALL HOME.  

The sentences above include the ten (10) Guiding Principles for the City of Paducah. In addition to the Guiding Principles, the City of Paducah has five (5) Goals.  Every project and service in the City can be linked to one of the five goals.

  • Strong Local Economy - Regional Center for Four States
  • Efficient City Government - Quality Services for Citizens
  • Vital Neighborhoods - Place for People and Businesses
  • Great Place to Live - A Fun City to Enjoy
  • Restored Historic Downtown, LowerTown, Riverfront - A Community Focal Point

Strategic Plan

Below are Strategic Plan Executive Summaries that explain the City's Guiding Principles, Goals and Objectives, and the Actions that need to be taken to achieve the goals.

Strategic Plan for the City of Paducah, March 2010     --News Release--

Strategic Plan for the City of Paducah, June 2009      

Strategic Plan for the City of Paducah, March 2008