Case Study: Hermantown EDA, Strategic Planning

HERMANTOWN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, STRATEGIC PLANNING | 2021 

Challenge: The Hermantown Economic Development Authority sought to update its strategic plan, which was last completed in 2017. As a growing community, Hermantown is working to prepare for new development while maintaining its unique identity. 

Role: Facilitated a strategic planning process with the EDA board and staff across two sessions, which were conducted virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The process revisited the organization’s mission, value statements, and strategic directions. 

Results: The Hermantown EDA now has an operational strategic plan that affirms the organization’s mission and value statements and includes new strategic directions, which set the stage for a deliberate process to plan for the community’s growth. 

Reference: John Mulder, Hermantown City Administrator, jmulder@hermantownmn.com, 218-729-3600