Strategic Planning 

Strategic Plan Input Session

Mayor Joines and the City Council held a virtual public input session March 4, 2021, to get a better idea of how residents feel about Winston-Salem and where we should focus our energy as a community.  Comments from the session helped to guide the discussion during their strategic planning workshop in late March.

City of Winston-Salem 2017 to 2021 Strategic Plan Opens in new windowA consultant was engaged in January 2017 to facilitate a strategic planning process. The Mayor and City Council held a strategic planning workshop in January 2017 to identify high priority goals for the next four years and set strategies to provide direction for City governance. The Mayor and City Council adopted the 2017 to 2021 Strategic Plan on May 15, 2017.

In February 2019, the Mayor and City Council engaged in a workshop to review progress updates for the 2017 Strategic Plan, receive analysis and feedback from the 2018 resident survey, and identify new priorities for the next two years (through the end of FY 2021-21).  The Mayor and City Council identified sixteen new priorities. The priorities and their rankings, as well as updates to the existing action can be found in the 2019 Strategic Plan Update.

View the 2019 Update to 2017 to 2021 Strategic Plan (PDF).

Focus Areas

The Strategic Plan is broken down into the following focus areas:

  • Economic Vitality and Diversity
  • Healthy Environment
  • Livable Neighborhoods
  • Quality Transportation
  • Safe and Secure Communities
  • Service Excellence

Staff will use the strategic plan to guide City actions and report on progress made toward accomplishment of stated objectives in each of the strategic focus areas.