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Strategic Planning

In May of 2008, the Office of Planning and Budget implemented a new planning process that merged 5 separate planning requirements into a single integrated process.   The state strategic planning process emphasizes coordinated planning among the support functions within an agency and across state agency boundaries.


The state strategic planning framework has three components. 

  • State Strategic Plan. The state strategic plan provides the vision, direction, and priorities of the state.  The state strategic plan outlines goals and statewide indicators for each of the Governor’s key policy areas.  Ultimately, the state strategic plan steers the development of agency strategic plan.  Strategic investments proposed during the budget process will be evaluated against the state goals and indicators.
  • Agency Strategic Plan. The agency strategic plan is a four-year plan and must align to the state strategic plan.   It includes the agency goals, measurable objectives, strategies and resource implications.
  • The Agency Performance Report.   Agencies submit agency performance reports at least twice yearly to communicate progress on strategic goals and mission critical projects. 

Agency strategic planning information is entered into the HORIZON web based system to facilitate the collection and reporting of agency plan data. Regardless of the methodology or model agencies use to develop their plans, agencies enter a standard set of common strategic plan elements into HORIZON for use in statewide planning activities. Members of the public may view agency strategic plan reports via the HORIZON system. 


The strategic planning guidelines contain information about the state's strategic planning process and agency instructions.  Please contact OPB’s Strategic Planning Coordinator Katie Jo Ballard at (404) 663-5797 or for assistance with Georgia’s strategic planning process.


Agencies update their strategic plan information annually. The deadline for the FY 2015 Strategic Plan is June 13, 2014.