Thunder Bay Strategic Plan Moving Forward

Councillors Shelby Ch'ng, Larry Hebert, Frank Pullia and Manager Mark Smith at Strategic Planning session (Photo supplied)
Councillors Shelby Ch'ng, Larry Hebert, Frank Pullia and Manager Mark Smith at Strategic Planning session (Photo supplied)

Thunder Strategic Planning Ongoing

THUNDER BAY – CIVIC POLITICS – The City of Thunder Bay is moving into its Strategic Plan. The process started right after the civic election as the newly elected Council and City Administration started working on the plan.

Frank Pullia, the Chair of the Administrative Services Committee says that it is an important process that will engage with key partners, including the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, Labour Groups, Young Professionals, and citizens as the process continues.

“In the coming weeks Council will start the Strategic Planning process aimed at providing a fairly objective and comprehensive range of performance indicators,” stated Pullia. “That will give us a more complete picture of what is really happening in our city”.

“Within the context of this comprehensive evaluation of our state of affairs, we can then start a fairly highly focused strategic financial management approach that should lead to a set of recommendations on how best to move forward in a sustainable way”.

Councillors Shelby Ch'ng, Larry Hebert, Frank Pullia and Manager Mark Smith at Strategic Planning session (Photo supplied)
Councillors Shelby Ch’ng, Larry Hebert, Frank Pullia and Manager Mark Smith at Strategic Planning session (Photo supplied)

Strategic Planning Thunder Bay

There are several areas that are being looked at in the Strategic Plan.

  • Tbaytel – as a significant financing role, balanced by the geographical reality of Thunder Bay with a footprint that is larger than the City of Montreal, therefore having operational costs higher than other similar municipalities.
  • The positive role diversification has played in Thunder Bay over recent years.
  • The risk of being over-reliant on transfer payments from other levels of government who are starting to cut back to focus on their own financial issues.
  • A better understanding of economies of scale and the impact on water rates and tax rates.