The strategic planning process began in November of 2016 when The City of Amarillo awarded Avalanche Consulting with CDS the contract for the Economic Development Strategic Plan. We plan to complete the strategy in June of 2017. During this 7 month process there will be 4 trips to the region, various stakeholder engagement events such as interviews, focus groups, and public meetings where we will ask the citizens of Amarillo to participate in discussions about Amarillo’s economic future.
The following is a timeline of the strategic planning process. Please note, dates are approximate and will be adjusted and finalized on an ongoing basis throughout the planning process.
We encourage all residents of Amarillo to join in the conversation. Please complete our online Community & Business survey, contact a project team member via phone or email, or attend a public meeting to get your voice heard.
November 2016: Contract signed and project initiated
January 18 – 20: Avalanche Consulting and CDS travel to Amarillo to conduct initial focus groups and beging project planning.
February 2017: The Community & Business Survey opens. The Community & Business Survey is an online survey open to all residents that asks for their input on the current state of Amarillo and what they hope to see in Amarillo in the future. We ask that all Amarillo residents participate in the survey, and please share the survey with your friends, families, and colleagues.
March 2017: Avalanche Consulting and CDS return to Amarillo to conduct an Advisory Committee meeting, study districts within the city, interview stakeholders, and hold a public visioning meeting.
March 2017: The Community & Business Survey closes on March x. Please participate in the survey by this date, or you may not have an opportunity to share your insights on the Amarillo economy with the consulting team.
April 2017: Avalanche Consulting and CDS complete Phase 1 of the Economic Development Strategy. Phase 1 deliverables include an evaluation of Amarillo’s strengths and areas for improvement, and a real estate and tax generation assessment.
April 2017: Avalanche Consulting and CDS return to Amarillo to conduct strategic planning workshops with the Adivsory Committee, interview additional stakeholders, and hold another public visioning workshop.
June 2017: Avalanche Consulting and CDS complete the Economic Development Strategy. The project team returns to Amarillo for a final meeting with the Advisory Committee and a roll-out event introducing the final Economic Development Strategy to the community.