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dc.contributor.authorOtt, Genna M.
dc.identifier.citationGena M. Ott. Strategic Planning in Kansas: Survey Results. Institute for Public Policy and Business Research, University of Kansas. Technical Report Series: 242 (December 1997).en_US
dc.description.abstractIn 1990, the Kansas Legislature passed the Community Strategic Planning Assistance Act (CSPA), a program that provided funds to non-metropolitan counties in Kansas to develop strategic plans for economic development and to finance strategies in those plans. This program, which was administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing (KDOC&H), has been utilized by over 90 percent of the counties in Kansas. The legislation calls for Kansas, Inc. to evaluate the program two years after the last planning grant was awarded (July 1991 ). As one component of their evaluation effort, Kansas, Inc. contracted with the Kansas Center for Community Economic Development (KCCED) at the University of Kansas to conduct a survey of nonmetropolitan counties in Kansas. The survey asked local leaders and participants about their strategic planning efforts with regards to economic development.

During August and September of 1997, the Survey Research Center at the University of Kansas surveyed 275 local leaders and participants from 93 counties in Kansas. Two surveys were conducted: Leaders and Participants. A leader was defined as "the person most knowledgeable about the economic development strategic planning process" for the county. A participant was classified as a person "involved with the economic development efforts" of a community or county. Participant names were generated from published lists, such as chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, county commissioners, and city managers. Local leaders were also asked to submit names for potential participants in the study.

Leaders were asked questions about I) the planning process followed by the county, 2) implementation of the plan, and 3) opinions regarding strategic planning. Participants were asked about their opinions regarding strategic planning. Community leaders and participants come from both the public and private sectors and held high level professional positions within the community such as executive director/president of the local economic development organization (includes chambers of commerce), city manager, county commissioner, city mayor, and director of economic development.

The results of the survey show that the strategic planning for economic development has been a popular and useful exercise for Kansas' counties. Almost all the counties in Kansas have developed plans and most of the plans have been approved or adopted by a local government entity. The majority of plans are also being implemented and local government and economic development organizations are accepting responsibility, including financial responsibility, for implementation. The plans are also being updated, supporting the notion that strategic planning is an on going process.
dc.description.sponsorshipEconomic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerceen_US
dc.publisherInstitute for Public Policy and Business Research, University of Kansasen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTechnical Report;242
dc.rightsCopyright 1997, Institute for Public Policy and Business Research, University of Kansasen_US
dc.titleStrategic Planning in Kansas: Survey Resultsen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US

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