Through strategic planning sessions, informal conversations and group meetings, our entire department – skilled trades staff, custodians, recreation programmers, event and marketing professionals, managers and administrators – has provided input on the state and direction of South Bend’s Venues Parks & Arts Department.
The department consults some of the most sophisticated data available alongside industry trends and benchmarks. It includes the diverse input of very important partners and advocates from within the city and beyond. Compiling this information results in a meaningful and lasting plan that provides a clear vision for our department and a set of values to guide us as we work.
Our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan sets forth focus areas and objectives, and lays out some specific initiatives for us to achieve – things like acquiring new park land, expanding the impact of our recreational programming, caring for our natural and built environment, providing opportunities for our workforce and creating sustainable resources for future successes. If we follow the plan, I am confident we will inspire a more livable city for all, fueling our mission for generations to come.
Executive Director of Venues Parks & Arts