Our Vision and Our Mission
VISION: Defiance is a vibrant and progressive community —
the confluence of rich history, small town experiences, and
MISSION: Our mission is to unite the community through
learning, service, and culture.
Photo by Debbie Stevens
The Defiance Community Strategic Planning Committee commenced in the Fall of 2017, led by Consulting Facilitator Kathy LaSota. The Defiance Community Strategic Planning Team participated in a process that resulted in a community-wide five-year strategic plan for 2018-2022. The planning process engaged a diverse group of constituencies in a facilitated and collaborative environment to create a plan that draws all existing agency plans together, supports and enhances each, and clarifies how and why common needs, interests and solutions interact. The plan provides a roadmap for action to accomplish common goals.
The result was a holistic and sustainable plan for the Defiance community. This large group of community members gathered monthly for five months to work together and create a plan for the community’s future. It took a group effort and many meetings later to finalize the Vision and Mission Statements, establish the Guiding Principles, create the six Pillars, and set Goals and Strategies for our community.
After finishing the tasks above and under the direction of Mayor Mike McCann, the Pillar Leaders were assigned to lead their individual team members to fulfill the goals and strategies of each Pillar of the Community Strategic Plan. The Pillar Team Leaders then meet as a group with Mayor McCann to discuss progress made in their individual Pillar. Those meeting minutes are listed on this page. At the end 2022, the Team will gather again to re-evaluate the Defiance Community Strategic Plan.
Defiance is a vibrant and progressive community —the confluence of rich history, small town experiences, and innovative opportunities.
Our mission is to unite the community through learning, service, and culture.
Read the DEFIANCE COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN
This group is very pleased with the content of the plan, and we invite you to click the link to view the document.
SPC PILLAR TEAM LEADERS
PILLAR 1: CONNECTIVITY TEAM
Led by Carrie Wetstein — transportation, safety, networks
PILLAR 2: CULTURE & EDUCATION TEAM
Led by Rita Kissner and Dr. Richanne Mankey— life coaching, youth supportive services, defined culture
PILLAR 3: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Led by Jerry Hayes, Carla Hinkle, and John Lehner— jobs, wages, economic growth
PILLAR 4: HEALTH & WELLNESS TEAM
Led by Jamie Gerken and Doug Bush— behavioral, mental and physical healthcare, substance abuse prevention and intervention, dental
PILLAR 5: HOUSING TEAM
Led by Liz Keel — rental standards, affordability, availability, blight
PILLAR 6: PERCEPTION TEAM
Led by Luis Rivera and Kirstie Mack— schools, community, diversity
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS:
Mayor Mike McCann
City Planner Niki Warncke
Executive Assistant Debbie Stevens
Strategic Planning Committee Pillar Team Group meets every-other-month to ensure we stay on task to fulfill the strategies and goals set forth.
January 8, March 5, May 7, July 2, September 3, November 5 at 11:00 a.m.
Pillar Group Meeting Minutes:
Office of the Mayor
631 Perry Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.