The Fulfillment Process

July, 2010-Early, 2011

Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee

  • Review the draft chapters developed by the various planning committees, determine each chapter’s reasonableness for implementation, and identify gaps, redundancies, or inconsistencies between the chapters. Part of the “reasonableness” test will be to determine whether the specific initiatives recommended for the five-year action plan can reasonably be accomplished during the next five years.
  • Select the performance measures to be used during each year of the plan implementation for the annual progress assessments, as well as which organization will be assigned responsibility for implementation and reporting of specific initiatives within the plan.
  • Analyze and determine the major inter-relationships between the various plan chapter topics and the initiatives proposed within each.
  • Consider and recommend how our community should address two over-arching, long-term challenges:
    • community-wide leadership development
    • development of social capital and trust

Coordinating Committee Members

  • Mark McNay, SMC Packaging Group, Co-Chair
  • Robin Melton, Environmental Works, Co-Chair
  • Jennifer McClure, HBA
  • James Jeffries, Lathrop &Gage (The Network rep)
  • Nick Ibarra, City Council
  • Gail Melgren, Tri-State Water Coalition
  • Gerry Lee, Springfield School Board
  • Tim Roth, SRC
  • Mike Stout, Missouri State University
  • One co-chair from every planning committee
    • Ryan Nicholls Public Safety
    • Dawn Busick Education and Workforce Development
    • Carmen Bradshaw Public Health
    • Leah Jenkins Arts, Culture, &Tourism
    • Kelly Turner Transportation
    • Jeff Coiner Progressive Management
    • Andrew Baird Global Perspectives &Diversity
    • Matt Morrow Housing
    • Roseann Bentley Early Childhood Development
    • Matt O'Reilly Natural Environment Planning Committee
    • Tom Rankin Economic Development Planning Committee
    • Matt Edwards Growth Management &Land Use
    • Jodie Adams - Parks Department (representing Recreation &Leisure)
  • Staff Liaisons:
    • Ralph Rognstad, Director of Planning & Development
    • Ann Razer, Planning & Development
    • Greg Burris, City Manager
    • Tim Smith, County Administrator


Planning & Zoning and City Council

Upon completion of the community strategic plan, the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee will submit portions of the plan to the City’s and County’s Planning & Zoning commissions for review and approval. If approved, these sections, along with all other chapters of the plan, will be forwarded to Springfield City Council for review and approval.


Adopted Plan

New to this plan are the use of "adopter" organizations to engage the broader community in the process once the plan is completed. Adopting organizations can be civic organizations, private businesses, non-profit organizations, government entities, or any other type of organization. These groups are not responsible for carrying out the goals of the plan, but rather will be third-party groups in charge of "keeping the home fires burning" and holding the community accountable for getting things done. Adopters will be asked to grade the community's progress on the plan's goals annually.

Download the adopter "job description" and sign-up form. (pdf)



Once all reviews and approvals are completed by City Council and the County Commission, FieldGuide 2030 will begin to be formally implemented by the responsible entities throughout the community. The priorities identified in the approved plan should be reflected in the City's annual budgets, as well as in the budgets of other partner organizations identified as having primary responsibility for specific initiatives.


Annual Progress Assessments

It is our intention to annually assess and publicly report our progress, or lack thereof, regarding the specific initiatives designated to occur during each year of the plan. Each planning committee is recommending to the Coordinating Committee a set of performance measures to be considered. The Coordinating Committee will select the performance measures to be used to best track and report implementation progress. The resulting report will be provided to the public via the web.