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Burnsville for the 21st Century Visioning
Community involvement has had a direct impact on Burnsville’s organizational approach. Burnsville’s past success has relied on involved citizens helping to make a difference.

In 1993 a variety of groups, individuals and organizations came together to define Burnsville’s future. Partnerships for Tomorrow (PFT) began with an unprecedented level of cooperation. As the face of society was changing, the trends in Burnsville followed. PFT adopted a three part plan based on visioning, planning and implementation.

In 1996, the City of Burnsville decided to construct its governance system around the core themes and visions of the PFT project. This included establishing broad Ends Statements and several outcomes for each of the themes. The City also devised strategies to achieve those outcomes. The City Council annually revisits the Ends Statements and reviews performance measurements associated with the outcomes for each of the theme areas. The theme areas continue to serve the City well by providing both a common language and broad commitment to the vision achieved through the PFT process.

The third visioning project took place in 2006, bringing involved and concerned citizens together again. Over 120 citizens formed seven work groups that met over a six month period which culminated in reccommendations to the City Council. A copy of the Final Report to Council can be viewed here.

Ends and Outcomes
Have you noticed that the City of Burnsville is organized around eight theme areas? Did you know that six of those themes were community decisions made in 1994 as part of a large scale community visioning projected called Partnerships for Tomorrow?

Burnsville Theme Areas are:
  • Safety
  • Youth
  • Neighborhoods
  • Development/Redevelopment
  • Environment
  • Transportation
  • City Services
  • Financial Management

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