Five-Year Strategic Plan
Many hours have been invested in developing our city’s five-year community-based vision and strategic plan. Volunteers with a desire to contribute to the future of our community shouldered the majority of the work to ensure Ogden residents had ample opportunities to have their voice heard.
The Council would like to thank the members of our Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. They gathered citizen surveys and planned meetings where residents shared their thoughts about the future of the Ogden community and where to focus our efforts as a city. Citizens from all areas of the city collectively contributed thousands of hours to the creation of this plan.
The committee reviewed information from thousands of written responses and evaluated feedback from hundreds of residents that participated in-person through community dialogue sessions. Thank you to those that took this opportunity to share your thoughts.
The Council expects this plan to serve as a guide for city staff and elected officials as decisions are made on how to best allocate the resources entrusted to us by citizens. Many elements identified in the plan reflect the City's ongoing efforts and will not require a drastic shift in the city’s overall strategy. However, this plan will guide elected officials in determining specific focus areas that will inform decisions made during the annual budget process.
The Council is committed to using available resources in ways that advance the priorities identified in the study.
Through the study, the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee identified four Strategic Directives; Economic Development, Community Safety, Recreation, and City Image & Appearance.
Ogden is home to an array of successful businesses and a diversely talented workforce. However, Ogden faces the challenges associated with growth: housing affordability, transportation, responsive wage and job growth, and spreading the benefits of growth throughout the community. Critical to success in every other area of the strategic plan is the ability to foster growth-minded economic development and bring in more high-paying jobs to support the growing population and fund public services required to maintain quality of life during growth.
Improvements to roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks are essential. This directive focuses first and foremost on making these needed improvements to enhance public safety. Residents also expressed a desire for more of a positive police presence in the community to reinforce the perception of law enforcement as respected public servants. As the Ogden Police Department already sets resources aside to conduct extensive outreach, the City helps facilitative collaborative partnerships between police and the public.
Maintenance and access to amenities such as the outdoors and local trails are critical elements in preserving quality of life for residents. The city plays an important role by maintaining recreational facilities and open spaces. Adult recreational activities are a unique tool in connecting various members of the community and creating meaningful experiences. Parks and facilities should be more accessible for organized public use, and the City will continue to collaborate with other stakeholders, specifically the Ogden School District and private institutions to make additional facilities available.
City Image & Appearance
Collaboration with the school district in marketing efforts is important to improve the perception of educational opportunities, leveraging the uniquely diverse social interactions that youth in Ogden experience. The City should also access current municipal staffing and wage levels as it strives to remain a great place to work. The physical appearance of Ogden also contributes to its image and reputation. Focusing resources towards improving the overall appearance of the City will enhance the community’s reputation with visitors and make it easier to attract potential residents and businesses. In addition, a beautiful neighborhoods, business and retail districts provide solid support for economic growth and fosters the special sense of community that has developed in Ogden over many years.
More details about each of the directives, as well as the strategic planning process, can be found in the Ogden Strategic Plan document, provided below: