Vision and Goals

The City Council sets the vision for the City and adopts goals to reflect that vision and guide decision-making at all levels of City government. The goal setting process builds Council consensus on policies and projects that impact City residents, businesses and the community as a whole.  The City Manager uses the City Council’s vision and goals to set priorities, direct work activities, and allocate staffing and financial resources.


Vision Statement

Champaign is an inclusive community that welcomes all. City residents enjoy a great quality of life, first class educational opportunities and easy mobility. Champaign is a vibrant community with an active city center and healthy neighborhoods. The City is designed for quality and sustainability, and has a growing economy.


City Council Goals – 2017-2019

Our City Invests in Quality Infrastructure and Development

Strategic Objectives

  • Proactively Address Our City’s Infrastructure Needs
  • Enhance Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
  • Promote Infill Development in the Core of the City

Key Projects

  • Continue Implementing High Priority Drainage Projects (Washington Street Phases II and III, Boneyard Creek-University to Neil, Garden Hills Phase I) and Explore Options to Expedite Funding for Garden Hills Phase 2
  • Complete the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement Project (MCORE)
  • Update the Infill Incentive Policy and Promote Infill Development at Strategic Locations
  • Develop and Implement the Neil Street Corridor Improvement Plan from I-74 to Downtown
  • Continue to Explore Ways to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety (e.g. Kirby Avenue and Bradley Avenue Bridges), Including Expansion of Bike Lanes

Our City Advances Environmental Sustainability

Strategic Objectives

  • Be a Model City for Green Initiatives and Smart City Technologies
  • Work Collaboratively to Reduce the Community’s Carbon Footprint
  • Expand Our Community’s Access to Recycling
  • Promote Community Beautification and Litter Reduction

Key Projects

  • Explore Alternative Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Strategies and Implement Best Practices
  • Partner with Ameren Illinois to Promote Residential Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Invest in Energy Efficiency Improvements and Green Infrastructure Systems (e.g. LED, Wind, Solar) for City Facilities
  • Collaborate with the Champaign Park District to Implement Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

Our City Ensures Community Safety

Strategic Objectives

  • Continue to Provide Excellent Public Safety Services as the City Grows
  • Maintain a Safe Community and Improve our Residents’ Quality of Life
  • Initiate and Support Programs to Reduce Gun Violence
  • Continue to Strengthen Police-Community Relations
  • Reduce Property Crimes Across the City

Key Projects

  • Analyze Police and Fire Department Staffing and Training Levels to Keep Pace with the City’s Growth and to Proactively Address Community Issues
  • Complete the Fire Station #3 Location Study and Analyze Findings
  • Work with Community Members to Implement and Support Programs to Deter Gun Violence
  • Partner with Residents, Neighborhood Groups and Community Organizations to Continue to Improve Police-Community Relations
  • Develop Enforcement Strategies to Reduce Illegal Narcotics, and Work with Social Service Organizations to Address Substance Abuse/Addiction
  • Support Community-wide Efforts to Establish a Reentry Program for Offenders Exiting the Criminal Justice System
  • Continue Implementation of Responses to Property Crime Through Dedicated Investigative Resources, Improved Technology, and Proactive Public Communications

Our City Expands Economic Opportunity

Strategic Objectives

  • Attract, Retain, and Grow a Diverse Community Workforce
  • Expand Programs for Job Creation and Employment Growth Opportunities
  • Increase Opportunities for Minority- and Women-owned Businesses
  • Maintain a Vibrant Downtown
  • Promote Local Business Development
  • Ensure the City and the Region Continue to Have Capacity to Grow

Key Projects

  • Promote the Availability of Fiber Optic Internet in our Community as an Economic Development Strategy for Business Growth and Attraction
  • Explore Opportunities to Expand City Incentives to Support Small, Local, and Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses
  • Work with Community Partners to Understand Regional Labor Needs and Identify and Promote Workforce Development and Matchmaking Programs to Fill Regional Workforce Gaps
  • Develop a Strategy to Promote Reinvestment in, and/or Repurposing of Distressed or Underutilized Commercial Areas
  • Work with Local, State and Regional Economic Development Partners to Actively Recruit and Retain Companies Offering Well-paying and Diverse Job Opportunities
  • Work with Community Partners to Promote Diverse Entertainment, Shopping, and Gathering Spaces that are Attractive to Minority Professionals and Our Diverse Community
  • Develop Strategies to Promote Commercial Revitalization and Job Growth in Low-to-moderate Income Neighborhoods

Our City Builds Healthy Neighborhoods

Strategic Objectives

  • Proactively Support and Address Neighborhood Needs
  • Encourage Development of Affordable Housing
  • Support Neighborhood Development and Economic Stability in Historically Underdeveloped Areas
  • Strengthen Community Service Partnerships to Improve our Residents’ Quality of Life

Key Projects

  • Continue to Implement the Bristol Place Redevelopment Plan
  • Update the Neighborhood Wellness Plan
  • Review and Enhance Existing Development Requirements to Ensure Complete Neighborhoods when Affordable Housing Developments are Proposed
  • Collaborate with Community and Governmental Partners to Address Issues Related to Poverty, Mental Health, and Homelessness
  • Research Incentive Programs to Improve the Quality of Rental Housing Within Targeted Neighborhoods
  • Analyze the Staffing Needs and Responsibilities of the Neighborhood Services Department
  • Explore Options to Improve Neighborhood Lighting in the Garden Hills Neighborhood and Other Underserved Areas

Our City Promotes Citizen Trust in Government

Strategic Objectives

  • Provide Timely and Accurate Information about City Actions, Events, and Decisions
  • Improve the Availability and Public’s Access to City Information
  • Recruit and Retain an Inclusive City Workforce that Reflects our Diverse Community
  • Maintain a Healthy and Balanced City Budget
  • Promote an Inclusive, Open-Minded, and Progressive Community

Key Projects

  • Expand the Information Available on the City’s Website to Add Financial Information, Historic Records, and Online Applications for Permits and Licenses
  • Review Existing Building and Zoning Regulations that are Interrelated to Ensure Consistency in their Respective Codes
  • Improve the Efficiency of the Building, Zoning and Development Permit Review Process and Implement Strategies for Enhancing Customer Service
  • Enhance the City’s Public Communications by Proactively Sharing More Timely Information and Monitoring Emerging Community Issues
  • Develop a Strategy to Promote the City’s Communication Platforms and Encourage Community Ambassadors to Promote City News, Initiatives, and Services
  • Develop Strategies to Increase the City’s Use of Local and Small Businesses
  • Implement Strategies to Expand the Diversity of the City’s Workforce
  • Continue to Implement Responsible Financial Policies and Proactively Monitor City Revenues for Potential Decreases Due to Economic Trends or State Budget Cuts