Project overview

It is time to update the strategic plan for the City of Cambridge, and we want to hear from you!

Why do we need a strategic plan?

A strategic plan provides a foundation for decision making, priority setting and ongoing performance management. Creating a strategic plan requires connecting with the community, to ensure the City’s services reflect the priorities of the people who live, work and play here.

The Cambridge Connected Strategic Plan will: connect the community’s vision and goals with the corporate mission, values and actions of the City; guide decision-making; help direct tax dollars to community priorities; and allow the community to measure progress.

Where we’ve been

In January 2016, Cambridge City Council approved the first four-year community strategic plan, Cambridge Connected: Our Voice. Our Vision. Cambridge Connected brought together stakeholders in an extensive engagement process to develop the vision, mission and values that provide a starting point for the City’s priority setting.

The 2016-2019 plan identified seven goals and 26 objectives. We reported on the implementation of the plan using our strategic plan dashboard ( and annual business plans (

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We are now updating the strategic plan for the 2020-2023 time frame. The resulting plan must meet the needs of all stakeholders – community, Council and staff – in terms of decision making, priority setting and ongoing performance management in the City of Cambridge. We are approaching this project in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Understanding where we’ve been (Winter 2020) – This included a community satisfaction survey, orientation for the project team and Council, and a public launch event.
  • Phase 2: Where do we want to go as a community? (Spring/Summer 2020) This phase focuses on understanding community priorities, using research and community engagement. A summary report will identify the key themes and potential goals or strategic actions that will be further explored in Phase 3.
  • Phase 3: Moving forward (Fall 2020) – This phase will involve consultation on a draft strategic plan, and will look at recommendations for implementation and measurement.

Progress to date

  • Steering Committee formed (January 2020)
  • Community Satisfaction Survey completed by phone and online, with over 900 responses received (February 2020)
  • project page created
  • A public launch event took place on Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Old Post Office – IDEA Exchange
  • Project Team formed (March 2020)
  • Openly Inc. retained to assist with research and engagement to support the plan’s development
  • Review of existing municipal plans and strategies is underway

Upcoming work

Get involved

Visit the Engage Cambridge page to learn more and get involved. 

Contact information

Nicole Drake
Strategic Initiatives & Policy Specialist
Phone  (519) 740-4685

Brooke Lambert
Director, Corporate Strategy

Vision, Mission, Values