City to seek proposals for Strategic Plan

October 13, 2021

The City of Bartlesville Comprehensive Strategic Plan project will officially launch this month with the issuance of a request for proposals from consultant firms interested in participating, City Manager Mike Bailey said Tuesday.

The Request for Proposals will post Oct. 18 for consultant guidance on the project, which was approved in the 2021-22 Fiscal Year Budget.

The process is expected to take several months to complete and will involve an in-depth look at the City’s organizational practices and provide direction for future operations.

The plan will be the first undertaken by the City as an organization and is long overdue, Bailey said.

“I believe it’s important to the future of our community to be looking forward rather than just keeping up with operations day to day,” he said. “We have in the past, usually in partnership with other organizations, compiled several plans over the years for other planning purposes— these include things like the Angelou Economic Plan and the Parks and Recreation and the Downtown master plans — but we’ve never examined the City of Bartlesville as an organization. Doing so will help us become an even stronger organization and better serve the public who rely on our programs and services.”

Bailey said there will be public involvement throughout the process, including public meetings, stakeholder group sessions, outreach forums, online surveys, social media and other avenues of discussion.

The outcome will be a written strategic plan document that presents the planning process, research, analysis, opportunities and strategies along with an implementation plan that will guide the City for the next three to five years.

“The desired outcome is a vision for our community from our community members and leaders that will include specific visioning goals that will serve as a framework for the strategic planning process,” Bailey said. “The intention of this is to help identify and access the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the City of Bartlesville organization.”

The RFP will be posted on the City website on Oct. 18.