Mission, Vision, Values, and Core Strategies

One of the most important actions any organization can take is to establish a strong focus on what they want to be and how they are going to get there. With this in mind the City Council has placed importance and merit into updating a mission statement, vision statement, values, and core strategies for the City.

A regular question received when speaking about these items is "Isn't that what the comprehensive plan is for?" In short, they work in coordination. To use a transportation metaphor, the comprehensive plan is the road map and the mission statement, vision statement, values, and core strategies are used to decide which road to drive on. These items are shorter term in nature and are updated as needed to reflect the priorities, goals, and leadership of the organization. A brief description of each adopted item is below.

A mission statement is the purpose or role of the organization and the statement reflects the organization's reason for existence. The following is the adopted mission statement for the City:

The City of Corcoran will provide high-quality public services in a cost-effective, responsible, and professional manner in order to create a preferred environment to live, work, play, and conduct business.

A vision statement is a mental picture of a possible or desirable future state of the organization. The adopted vision statement is below:

The City of Corcoran will become a vibrant, connected community while preserving its natural character and agricultural roots.

Values describe the fundamental culture and actions significant to our organization's success and fulfillment of our mission statement. The adopted values are:

Honesty, Ethics, Integrity
We believe that honesty, ethics, and integrity are the foundation blocks of public trust and confidence.

Community Pride and Partnership
We believe in creating a strong sense of community through partnerships with civic organizations, school districts, and local businesses.

Efficient and Effective Service Delivery
We believe providing services to residents and businesses in an efficient and effective manner makes government easier to work with and creates a business-friendly environment.

Community Safety
We will protect the community by maintaining or improving safety through police and fire protection and by investing and maintaining the infrastructure of the City.

Fiscal Responsibility
We believe that the prudent stewardship and opportunistic investment of public funds is essential for confidence in government and to position the City for future success.

We believe that open, honest, and proactive communication is essential for an informed and involved citizenry. Processes and decision making should proactively inform and educate citizens in order to receive feedback.

Responsible Decision Making
We believe it is the responsibility of the City to address difficult issues now in order to avoid larger more difficult issues in the future.

Last but not least are the City's adopted strategic goals which outline our short-term priorities. These include:

-Enhance Corcoran's sense of place and identity
-Provide diverse community amenities and recreational opportunities
-Maintain excellence in safety and security for our community
-Ensure high-quality, market-driven grown
-Provide high-quality, innovative municipal services

While the City has taken a very big step in adopting these items, significant effort and dedication is required to make it a reality. Each will be incorporated into the decision making process as well as the organizational culture.

We sincerely look forward to working on the implementation of these important items and the discussion they promote. If you have comments or Jessica Beise at 763-400-7029 or jbeise@corcoranmn.gov.

Mission Vision Values Core Strategies and Action Steps 2021

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