Kay Kuhlmann is council administrator for the City of Red Wing. You may reach her at 651-385-3612 or kay.kuhlmann@ci.red-wing.mn.us.

Q: Can you give an update on the Red Wing 2040 Community Plan and our city government's 10-Year Strategic Plan and how these two relate?

A: Thank you for the question. I'm happy to report that the Red Wing 2040 Community Plan was unanimously adopted by City Council on Feb. 25. The 2040 Plan is a 20-year plan that lays out high-level goals for the entire community. It's a way for all of us - businesses, governments, schools, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and individuals - to focus our collective energies and resources on common goals. The 2040 Community Plan also acts as our city government's comprehensive plan from which all of our other plans flow. The 2040 goals came from a two-year process of listening to the community and learning from others, and through that, we discovered what many residents want for the future of Red Wing.

Our city government's 10-Year Strategic Plan focuses specifically on local government and what actions from the 2040 Community Plan city government should lead and accomplish over the next decade. The last time the city adopted a Strategic Plan was 2016, and fortunately many of those initiatives have already been completed. In addition, we now have the 2040 Plan that gives us a new look at the future, so it made sense to draft a new Strategic Plan to outline how city government can make a difference.

Like the 2040 Community Plan, our Strategic Plan focuses on people, not just things, and on how all of us live here, not just what our city looks like. It's aspirational yet tangible and guides us to where we want to go.

The first draft of the Strategic Plan takes into consideration what the community said was important and what City Council members felt was a priority. It outlines a new vision and mission and incorporates the same five key principles as the 2040 Community Plan. It also covers a wide variety of topic areas such as Housing, The Economy, Public Safety, Arts and Culture, The Environment, and much more, just like the 2040 Plan.

The first draft of the Strategic Plan is now ready for you to weigh in, and you can do that in a number of ways. First, you can read the draft by going to the city's website at www.red-wing.org and clicking on the link to the Strategic Plan. An email address is provided so you can easily offer comments and suggestions. We want to hear what you think of the plan - what you like and don't like, what you want to add, and what questions you have.

There will also be a public forum on Monday, March 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Foot Room of the Public Library. An informal meet-and-greet time will happen from 6:30 to 7, where you can talk to your Council members and each other. From 7 to 8, you can participate in a council panel discussion and question-and-answer period so your council members have another chance to hear directly from you.

We'll take the month of March to get Strategic Plan out into the community for feedback. Council will meet in mid-April to create a second draft, using residents' comments as a guide. Council may vote on a final draft at the end of April, before they begin digging into budget planning in May and June.

If you'd like us to come to your organization at give a short presentation on the Strategic Plan, please contact us by calling 651-385-3618. I encourage you to read the plan, share it with others, and let us know what you think. This is your plan; we need to hear from you.