Envision - City of Durham Strategic Plan


Over the past year the Strategic Plan has been undergoing a refresh. The City is excited to announce the adoption of the Strategic Plan. The current Strategic Plan reflects the major goals of the organization through 2023. The updated plan will serve as the guiding vision and action plan for the City of Durham until the next refresh. Check back for updates around our planning and progress.

The City's Strategic Plan is a roadmap to make Durham a diverse, welcoming, and innovative community.

Over 2,600 City of Durham employees provide services every day that make Durham a great place to live, work, and play. While the City's mission remains the same, our five Strategic Plan goals and the activities, programs, and services associated with them, are new – and provide a framework to transform our growing city into the diverse and inclusive community that we strive to be.

"We will strive with earnest for excellence as we make progress to meet the goals we have set together with our elected officials and beloved community." - City Manager Wanda Page

FY22 City Manager's Annual Report

Coverpage website City Manager Annual Report


The City of Durham's Vision is to be the leading city in providing an excellent and sustainable quality of life.

To work towards achieving our vision, five Strategic Goals were created.  These goals  are high level, long-term outcomes that our government is trying to accomplish. The icons below provide an overview of the Strategic Plan Goals.

icon of dollar symbolGoal 1: Shared Economic Prosperity

Maintain and grow a strong and diverse economy through a variety of businesses, industries, and employment opportunities to benefit all Durham residents and businesses.

security lock iconGoal 2: Creating a Safer Community Together

Provide safe and secure neighborhoods which are fundamental to the quality of life and economic vitality of Durham residents.

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Goal 3: Connected, Engaged, and Diverse Communities

Strengthen the foundation, enhance the value, and improve the quality and sustainability of neighborhoods.

keys iconGoal 4: Innovative and High-Performing Organization

Provide professional management that encourages a culture of innovation, collaboration, and transparency to deliver quality service through an exceptional workforce.

cityscape iconGoal 5: Sustainable, Natural, and Built Environment

Thoughtful planning and operations that ensure the long-term viability of the City's infrastructure, facilities, and environment.


Strategic Initiatives are the projects, programs, and endeavors the City takes to achieve its identified vision and goals. The 13 strategic initiatives below are part of the FY22-FY23 Strategic Plan.  Check back often to see more updates and learn more about how these priority initiatives are moving forward.

Print/View the Strategic Plan Initiatives one-pager.

Each year the City Council provides its priorities to the City Manager which are included in the Strategic Plan to ensure alignment. The City of Durham's City Council  FY22-FY23 Strategic Plan priority initiatives are marked with an asterisk ( * ) below.

Past Reports and Strategic Planning Documents