Planning has a unique power to bring people and groups together and get them talking about the things that matter. It’s a chance for everyone to voice their fears and hopes in a thoughtful, information-rich environment where school principals and police commanders can share insights with block club leaders and other residents.
Planning also has the power to convince people—and organizations—to set aside past differences and work together to create a vision for the community’s future.
Finally, planning creates a road map to help a community achieve its vision. And if the finished product assigns responsibilities and includes a timetable for completing each project, plans have a good chance of becoming reality.
Read our coverage of Planning issues and ideas in the In The News section of this website.
LISC Experts Online: "Beyond Strategic Planning: Linking Financial Goals to Your Annual Work Plan"
Experts from the Fayette County Community Action Agency and Diocesan Housing Services Corporation discuss tools for successful integration of the strategic plan and budget, as well as methods for making financial goals a key component of the planning process in this 2004 webinar. Webinar and materials
LISC Experts Online: "New Communities Program"
This 2005 webinar features the New Communities Program in Chicago and highlights planning and neighborhood efforts to build on local and citywide partnerships to address challenges including employment, parks and recreation, health care, housing affordability, commercial and retail development, child care, education quality, neighborhood esthetics and personal security. Webinar and materials