Strategic Plan for Paducah

2018 Strategic Plan Development

City of Paducah Vision Statement - At the May 8, 2018, meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners, the Board adopted an updated vision statement for the City of Paducah.  The vision statement is Paducah is a city where people strive to reach their full potential through lifelong learning, creativity, culture, and compassion for one another

Key Performance Areas and Full List of Objectives - At the May 8, 2018, meeting, the board also adopted eight Key Performance Areas and a spreadsheet listing numerous Objectives under each Key Performance Area.  The Key Performance Areas are as follows:  

  • Maintain high level of safety for all
  • Develop healthy and sustainable neighborhoods
  • Maintain thoughtful and modern infrastructure
  • Provide open, smart, and engaged government
  • Enhance arts and culture
  • Empower upward economic mobility for all
  • Provide excellent recreation experiences for all ages and abilities
  • Celebrate a diverse community

View May 8, 2018, Municipal Order Adopting Vision Statement and Key Performance Areas >>
Exhibit A - Spreadsheet of Key Performance Areas and Objectives >>

Prioritized List of Objectives - At a workshop held August 7, 2018, the Paducah Board of Commissioners, City Manager Jim Arndt, and the City Directors collaborated and reviewed the objectives under each of the Key Performance Areas.  Each participant was asked to provide their top three and bottom three objectives for each Area.  After much discussion and tallying of the votes, the result is a concise list of priorities.  The Key Performance Areas with their Prioritized Objectives are

  • Maintain high level of safety for all (objectives are under development)
  • Develop healthy and sustainable neighborhoods
    • 50% of neighborhoods will be taking on enhancement projects;
    • All neighborhoods will develop an asset map, vision board, and establish a plan for vacant properties and redevelopment;
    • 70% of neighborhoods will be connected via sidewalks and/or bike lanes;
    • 20% more housing options
  • Maintain thoughtful and modern infrastructure
    • Establish a funded asset management plan;
    • 70% of Paducah’s  neighborhoods will be connected via sidewalks and/or bike lanes;
    • Create a self-sustaining storm water management and infrastructure operation;
    • Explore affordable municipal broadband as a 4th utility.  Look at phasing-in neighborhoods
  • Provide open, smart, and engaged government
    • City services and programs will have defined outcome measures, data collection plans, and regular reporting strategies;
    • A clearly defined path through Munis for providing and tracking service requests will support continuous improvement of services;
    • Paducah will be known as a “business-friendly” city;
    • Citizens will be able to access service information via online portal
  • Enhance arts and culture
    • Every commercial corridor and neighborhood will have one piece of public art;
    • 50% more of Paducah’s citizens will have visited a creative or cultural destination in the city;
    • 10% more people will attend arts and culture events, programs, and classes;
    • Art consortium organizations will experience a 5% increase in funding from grants
  • Empower upward economic mobility for all
    • Paducah’s riverfront will be fully developed from the Carson Center to the Convention Center;
    • All commercial corridors/districts will be identified, branded, beautified, and have a plan for vacant properties;
    • 90% of downtown buildings will be occupied;
    • X% of existing businesses will expand;
    • 25% more new business permits will be submitted in Advanced Manufacturing, Creative Industries, Health/Healthcare, Business/IT, Construction/Trades, and River-logistics/Transportation;
    • Investigate population loss and launch proactive measures to reinforce population growth
  • Provide excellent recreation experiences for all ages and abilities
    • Paducah will host five yearly baseball/softball/soccer/tennis/Frisbee golf tournaments;
    • Shoreline and river-based recreational opportunities will be available;
    • Citizens will have access to improved after-school activities, indoor swimming, indoor recreation, and the Parks & Rec office in one centrally located facility
    • 20% more citizens and citizen groups will know how to help and engage in park cleanliness and maintenance;
    • Continue hosting city-sponsored special events
  • Celebrate a diverse community
    • Create Diversity Council;
    • Identify gaps in necessary programming and projects to improve diversity and inclusion;
    • Host a multicultural festival.

Next Steps - The City Manager and staff will be working to complete the Mission Statement and the Organizational Values in addition to the development of Action Plans for each of the objectives that work through the specifics of each objective including definitions, timetables, personnel assignments, data collection, resources, etc.  The Board will be receiving monthly status updates.

Background - In November 2017, the Paducah Board of Commissioners, City Manager, and Department Directors participated in a strategic planning session to begin the development of goals and priorities for the City.  Julia Novak, president of the Novak Consulting Group, facilitated the interactive workshop.  To continue the strategic planning process, Mayor Harless met with community groups in January, February, and March 2018 to gather input.  The DRAFT Strategic Plan Presentation which was presented and discussed at the April 10 and April 24, 2018, meetings of the Paducah Board of Commissioners is a compilation of the information gathered over those months of planning and community engagement. 


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City of Paducah Mission Statement

The City of Paducah is financially sustainable, provides first class services delivered in a cost effective manner and has quality infrastructure and facilities.  The City engages citizens, exercises community leadership on local public service issues and is recognized as a regional leader.

Core Beliefs

To remind the public and the employees of the City's Core Beliefs, you'll find the mnemonic on the back of employee business cards and posted around City facilities.

Guiding Principles

PADUCAH IS A VIBRANT AND BEAUTIFUL RIVER CITY WHICH IS THE HEART OF FOUR RIVERS REGION.

OUR REGION HAS A STRONG ECONOMY.

OUR CITY HAS A NATIONAL REPUTATION FOR THE ARTS AND TOURISM.

WE ARE A HOMETOWN FOR FAMILIES AND AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY.

OUR RESIDENTS ENJOY A QUALITY COMMUNITY AND FUN THINGS TO DO.

PADUCAH - A GREAT PLACE TO CALL HOME.  

The sentences above include the ten (10) Guiding Principles for the City of Paducah. In addition to the Guiding Principles, the City of Paducah has five (5) Goals.  Every project and service in the City can be linked to one of the five goals.

  • Strong Local Economy - Regional Center for Four States
  • Efficient City Government - Quality Services for Citizens
  • Vital Neighborhoods - Place for People and Businesses
  • Great Place to Live - A Fun City to Enjoy
  • Restored Historic Downtown, LowerTown, Riverfront - A Community Focal Point

Strategic Plan

Below are Strategic Plan Executive Summaries that explain the City's Guiding Principles, Goals and Objectives, and the Actions that need to be taken to achieve the goals.

Strategic Plan for the City of Paducah, March 2010     --News Release--

Strategic Plan for the City of Paducah, June 2009      

Strategic Plan for the City of Paducah, March 2008