Strategic Planning

"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." ~Alan Lakein

The benefits of strategic planning are not reaped today but rather provide a framework and road map as we work towards a diverse and inclusive community.  There are many benefits to strategic planning, especially as a community.  Identifying a common vision, addressing challenges, and/or achieving goals are are just a few of the benefits.  Planning allows for maintaining focus, evaluation, goal setting and changing direction if needed.  The Grand Island Area understands the importance of strategic planning.  These plans are carefully developed with community input, local experts, and non-biased research.   


Grand Island, Nebraska is committed to growth. As such, in 2014 the business community, in concert with city and county government, undertook a strategic planning process. This resident-driven, inclusive effort resulted in the development of a collaborative and comprehensive approach to business and community growth and progress.
Mission: To cultivate bold ideas that create business and quality of life opportunities in our region through planning, partnering and doing.

Visit the Grow Grand Island website for more information.

Local Data and Plans

Housing Study

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (2019)

Nebraska Thriving Index (Rural Futures Institute)

Community Statistics - Heartland United Way

Grow Grand Island Competitive Assessment

Grow Grand Island Target Sector Analysis

Grow Grand Island Business Development Strategy

Grow Grand Island Implementation Plan



“Grand Island provided us the ability to build and maintain professional careers, while still being present in our children's lives. That's the 'better opportunity' we found here.”
Lynda ConnerGrand Island Business Owner
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