Landsverk and Associates, Inc. was invited by the City of Thief River Falls to assist in the development of a strategic plan. The planning process began in August 2016 and was completed with adoption of the plan on March 8, 2017. A Strategic Planning Team, comprised of the City’s Mayor, City Council members, City Administrator, Economic Development Director, and Department Heads, defined a vision, mission, and core values for the City. Six strategic focus areas were defined, along with goals and objectives for each focus area.


  • Agreement on a vision statement, mission, and core values
  • An environmental scan that includes the community profile and trends, public perception of the City and its services, as well as internal and external forces that affect the City of Thief River Fall’s ability to serve the needs of the public
  • An assessment of the City’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • Identification and development of strategic focus areas, goals, and objectives which will help the City to achieve its vision

Michelle is upbeat, detail-oriented, and doggedly determined. She kept our diverse group of elected and appointed officials on task and on time. The City of Thief River Falls is very pleased with her work product.

Rodney Otterness

City Administrator, City of Thief River Falls