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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Strategic Plan Update

BDS LogoIf you’ve read recent issues of the Plans Examiner, you know that we’ve been working on a new 5-Year Strategic Plan. A draft plan was initially produced in 2014, but implementation was delayed in order to allow other organizational improvement processes to be completed, including an employee survey, an organizational assessment, a customer survey, and the bureau’s Equity Roadmap. These processes have been substantially completed and resulting changes are being implemented throughout the organization. 

Throughout 2016 we made updates to the draft Strategic Plan to reflect and incorporate the results of the other organizational improvement processes, and we are now in the final stages of reviewing and editing the draft Plan. BDS employees and stakeholder groups will be reviewing the updated draft Plan in the coming weeks to make final edits. 

One recent change has been the addition of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion as a focus area of the Plan. Strategic Plan focus areas now include: 

  • Efficient & Effective Services
  • High Performing & Diverse Workforce
  • Communication & Community Engagement
  • High Quality Customer Service
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Technology Integration 

For more information about the BDS Strategic Plan, please contact BDS Business Operations & Finance Services Manager Deborah Sievert Morris (503-823-7338 or, or Mark Fetters (503-832-1028 or