Planning Retreats and Customized Facilitation

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Planning retreats and customized facilitations offer time in an organized and well planned setting to discuss issues and set goals and priorities. This will better meet current and future organization and community needs. We offer planning retreats for cities and counties no matter your population. Our planning retreats are tailored to your needs, regardless of your city's or county's size!

Each retreat or facilitation is unique and is structured to meet your commission/council/board and community's needs. Retreats and customized facilitations may include the council/commission and the manager/administrator and other key staff members.

Planning retreats and customized facilitations may focus on

  • goal-setting (short- and long-term)    

  • problem solving      

  • relationship building

  • consensus building or collaborative leadership

  • financial planning

  • managing change

  • communications

  • meeting management

No matter the size of the group, our skilled facilitators work with you to plan a customized process to meet your specific needs and desired outcomes and ensure that meetings run smoothly and stay on target. Your group decides where to meet. Most retreats last from 1 to 2 ½ days during the week and on weekends in order to meet your specific needs. This is an opportunity for your group to come together as a governing body or board and have focused time to develop important goals for your community.

During meetings, facilitators play a key role in

  • managing proceedings

  • advancing the group through the agenda in a timely fashion

  • helping the group work through issues and build consensus



Suzette Arnold Institute of Government logo Carrie T. Hamilton

Suzette Arnold


Nancy Farage


Carrie T. Hamilton


Mike Hourihan April Howard David Key

Mike Hourihan


April Howard


David Key


Chrissy Marlowe Walt McBride Jennifer Nelson

Chrissy Marlowe


Walt McBride


Jennifer Nelson


Eric Robinson Mara Shaw Hardin Watkins

Eric Robinson


Mara Shaw


Hardin Watkins


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