Decatur kicks-off Strategic Planning Process

January 29, 2020

Mayor Patti Garrett was surprised by the turnout of over 600 people at Decatur’s Marriott Courtyard for the Kick-Off Meeting.

The Marriott Courtyard’s Conference Center was full Jan 23, 2020, as the City of Decatur with the aid of a local consulting firm “kicked-off” their Strategic Planning process. 

The process occurs every decade to allow citizen input into the planning of the city’s “priorities, policies and projects,” for the next 10 years, according to The process is a way for the city to see what citizens think about what improvements need to be made.

93% of the 89 final resolutions from the 2010 strategic plan have been completed or are in progress showing how important planning is to public works projects in the City of Decatur.

The Kick-Off meeting began with a Capoeira performance by Decatur-based Maculelê Capoeira. 

The meeting began with a presentation by Maculelê Capoeira, a local studio.

After the introductory presentation by Mayor Patti Garret, Mayor Pro-Tem Tony Powers, City Manager Andrea Arnold and Planning and Economic Development Director Angela Threadgill, the crowd was dismissed for their first roundtable discussions. 

These first discussions were more introductory, while the next discussions will be recorded and used in the planning process. The roundtable discussions will occur over the next few months, ending in April. 

The process will include roundtable discussions between citizens about what changes they would like to see enacted over the next 10 years. The meetings will happen throughout the year, including multiple stages of planning before concluding later in the year. 

As more discussions occur, will continue to cover what the Decatur community wants in the Strategic Plan.

If interested in taking part in the discussion, go to for more information. 

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