Case Study: Wadena Development Authority, Strategic Planning

Challenge: The Wadena Development Authority (WDA) in Wadena, Minnesota sought a new strategic plan to guide its work.

Northspan’s Role: Led a strategic planning process that included background research, an electronic environmental scan survey, a 90-minute priority-setting session, and a 3-hour strategic planning session. These sessions, conducted with the WDA executive director and its board, generated a strategic plan to guide WDA for the next three years. Northspan also produced a summary of the process.

Results: WDA is now using the 2020-2022 strategic plan to guide its work.

View the full strategic plan plus background information and details on the strategic planning process here: Wadena Development Authority Strategic Planning

Reference: Dean Uselman, WDA Executive Director,, 218.631.7710

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