Focus on Longmont
Thriving today and beyond...
In 2006, the City completed its Focus on Longmont strategic plan designed to help Longmont City Council develop policies and make key decisions to ensure that Longmont continues to be a great place to live, both now and into the future. Since that time, Focus on Longmont has guided past and current City Councils in establishing their annual goals and in allocating resources to support the five strategic directions contained in the plan: 1) Promote a Healthy Business Climate; 2) Support Education as a Communitywide Value; 3) Enhance the Natural Environment; 4) Revitalize Downtown; and 5) Promote a Sense of Community and Cultural Inclusion. For the past five years, the City, in partnership with the community, has made significant plan accomplishments throughout a time of great economic uncertainty and change.
The Longmont City Council, along with hundreds of voices from our community, updated the Focus on Longmont Plan (pdf, 1.95 mb) in 2012. The Focus on Longmont Update process involved input from hundreds of people who work and live in Longmont. They not only evaluated
how well the City has moved forward on its strategic directions during the past six years, but also spent time dreaming of Longmont’s future.
Their input has been captured in this update to the strategic plan and will inform city council members in their decisions about priorities for the future
of the City of Longmont.
The Focus on Longmont Update Process (2011 - 2013)
In 2011, the City Council decided it was time to update the Focus on Longmont strategic plan and invited the community to help determine what the City should keep doing and what additional activities the City should take on to further realize the five strategic directions.
Focus on Longmont Update Process
Step one - created a community coordinating team to help plan the process and questions to ask the public.
Step two - involved residents, business owners and employees to focus groups to brainstorm and determine future priorities for the Council to consider. Six focus groups were conducted in November of 2011, with thousands of ideas generated and prioritized in the strategic directions.
Step three - took the priorities to the public through a telephone town hall meeting that called all residents and had an opportunity for people to participate in person, a Spanish-speaking focus group, and online survey. The telephone town hall was held on February 16 and the Spanish-speaking focus group was held on February 29.
Step four - created the plan and approved by the City Council in May of 2012.
To read the City's progress over the last five years, check out our Report Card to the Community (pdf 1,847kb).
• Download a higher quality Report card for the Community for printing and sharing (pdf 17mb).
Focus on Longmont - a bit of history...
share your vision, create our legacy
In January 2005, the City launched the City-wide strategic plan designed to help Longmont City Council develop policies and make key decisions that shape our future.
The plan, called Focus on Longmont: Share your vision, create our legacy, attempts to involve many of the people who live and work in the community in planning how Longmont can continue to be a great place to live both now and into the future. At the same time, it is important to involve the community in assuring that Longmont’s city government has enough money to pay for the services that will help make that unique and distinct community a reality.