Wichita Falls strategic plan gets stamp of approval

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls city leaders are putting words into action.
On Tuesday council members passed a resolution accepting a strategic planning document that was drafted after last months two day workshop.
They are looking at the short-term and long-term of the city by giving it their stamp of approval.
"It will be a living, breathing document," Darron Leiker, the City Manager of Wichita Falls said. "And we will give regular reports back to city council and back to the community to let everyone know exactly how much progress we are making."
Last month city leaders attended a two day workshop to identify their strengths, weaknesses, and come up with a list of top priorities moving forward.
"The top two goals that we will be working on in the near-term is improving economic development in the community," Leiker said. "Producing better, higher paying jobs for the community. The second big goal is downtown revitalization. Your going to see a renewed focus by the city to speed that process along."
So what is next?
"We will work every single day towards this plan," Stephen Santellana, the Mayor of Wichita Falls said. "We are not going to let it sit in a shelf because the citizens deserve better."
They hope it is a turning point for Wichita Falls and their plan moving forward.
Leiker and Mayor Santellana said it is not for them, but for you.
"There's a lot of things in that document that will improve their quality of life if they live here, have a business here, or they just visit," Leiker said.
"Every bit of this is for the 104,000 people we represent," Mayor Santellana said. "It gives us the best opportunity that we have identified towards growth. So that's what we are going to do. And that's why we have set those goals aside."
Mayor Santellana said it is extremely important for the citizens to know they do not just make blind decisions, but they have a road map with a vision for the city.
They are wasting no time implementing the report, with a meeting about their strategic goals set for
Thursday.

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