Strategic Plan for Paducah

Process to Update Strategic Plan

At the April 10, 2018, meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners, Mayor Brandi Harless introduced to the Board a draft strategic plan for the City of Paducah that includes updated vision, mission, and values statements.  The proposed vision statement is as follows:  Paducah is a city where people strive to reach their full potential through lifelong learning, creativity, culture, and compassion for one another.  Mayor Harless also provided an overview of eight key performance areas:

  • 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, culture, and tourism
  • Empower upward economic mobility for all
  • Provide excellent recreation experiences for all ages and abilities
  • Celebrate a diverse community

Numerous draft objectives are listed under each key performance area.  The discussion on the strategic plan will continue at an upcoming Commission meeting.  For more information, view the DRAFT Strategic Plan Presentation

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.  This draft strategic plan 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