Mayor's Message: City Planning for Future with Strategic Priorities

By Mayor Trent Staggs

In the state of the city address in February, I proclaimed Riverton to be “strong, prosperous and growing.” There is no doubt that we are a city on the move. It’s important that during this time of prosperity and growth that we are moving in the right direction; a direction that enhances our quality of life.

As a result, city leaders convened on January 13 for an all-day strategic planning session. Elected officials reviewed the results of survey responses from hundreds of you, in addition to reviewing our own personal interactions with residents, to help in the creation of Riverton’s new vision and mission statements. In addition to the vision and mission, the governing body also adopted eight strategic priorities to set the agenda for city government in the years ahead. The priorities include:

  1. Promote safe and healthy neighborhoods that foster a strong sense of community, with balanced opportunities to live, work and play.
  2. Facilitate a thriving business climate that supports the needs of our residents.
  3. Create a welcoming, historic downtown destination.
  4. Establish vibrant parks and recreational events that build bridges within the community.
  5. Build a connected community with properly maintained utilities and infrastructure.
  6. Highly engaged and informed residents.
  7. Establish operational excellence in city government.
  8. Promote fiscally responsible governance.

Certain elected officials and senior staff have volunteered to champion and create action plans centered on each of these priorities.  Though we are in the early stages of the process, my hope is that we will be able to track our progress in these areas and provide updates to you along the way.

In an effort to increase participation from our citizens in city government, and as an avenue to utilize the tremendous passion and talent we have in our community, the council recently adopted an ordinance that allows for volunteer boards or committees to be created “to assist the mayor in formulating strategies, advance objectives and provide other counsel.”

Volunteer committees focused on such areas as economic development, parks and recreation, emergency preparedness, and events will create yet another avenue for you to participate in your local government.  If you would be interested in serving on one of these committees, please visit rivertoncity.com for more information and application details.

If there is ever anything you need, even if you just have a question or a concern, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, your city council member or our city staff. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve and thank you for living in the best city in the state.