An innovative, welcoming community with outstanding business, educational and recreational opportunities for all.
Having achieved Gladstone on the Move’s key goals, such as the downtown, a Leadership Academy, Gladstone Community Center and a free ambulance service, the city contracted with National Civic League in 2015 to revisit their strategic plan for the next 10 years. This process, Gladstone: Shaping Our Future, was comprised of a dedicated group of over a hundred volunteers, many of whom had participated in the Leadership Academy or had been inspired by the Gladstone on the Move results, who met for a year to create the new plan that would make Gladstone: An innovative, welcoming community with outstanding business, educational and recreational opportunities for all. Enhancing community leadership opportunities is one key outcome from any National Civic League strategic planning project, the Gladstone process came full circle in January 2017 when the Gladstone City Council, led by the Mayor who had been the original volunteer co-chair of Gladstone on the Move, approved the plan. Gladstone: Shaping Our Future is currently in its implementation phase working on several projects such as rebranding the downtown area, building an arts and culture center and upgrades to the fire station, civic courts and jail.
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