Strategic Planning in Local Government

This course will take place in person at the School of Government, from 9am - 5pm.

Strategic planning is one of the most effective tools in local government to improve organizational performance and sustainability. Strategic plans help public managers develop a detailed course of action to take an organization from its current state to the desired future state while ensuring its survival and success. This one-day course is designed for local public managers serving mid-tier and leadership roles. It offers public managers the tools to develop new strategic plans or improve their existing plans. This course employs accessible step-by-step techniques to demystify the strategic planning process for public managers and presents flexible, pragmatic methods to implement strategic plans.

This course is a part of SOG’s Evidence-Based Course Series.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify the benefits of strategic planning
  • Develop and refine mission, vision, and values
  • Analyze organizational environment
  • Identify and frame strategic issues
  • Formulate strategic alternatives
  • Develop an understanding of logic models


There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Julia Hermanas

Program Associate, Management and Leadership Group
Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Term Associate Professor of Public Management; Director, North Carolina Benchmarking Project