State of the City Summary: A Template for Initial Overview
The initial overview document represents an area of opportunity for
City Managers. This document may be developed when a City Manager
accepts a new position, or there is a change in senior departmental
staff. The document also provides somewhat more predictability when a
local government election occurs. The overview document provides the
foundation upon which the City Manager can communicate suggestions
and recommendations for their community, identify existing strengths
(S), weaknesses (W), opportunities (O) and threats (T) and also
define the strategic objectives staff are seeking to deliver. By
developing an overview document the City Manager can engage senior
staff and communicate with elected officials, by ensuring they
understand and agree on the objectives staff will be focusing upon.
The elements typically included in the overview document include:
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