Community Forums Fuel Lakeside’s Strategic Planning Ideas

Posted on August 21, 2013

The last of three Strategic Planning Community Forums was held on August 17. This final event brought together 40 Lakesiders with representatives from Lakeside Chautauqua’s Board of Directors and staff to discuss the future of Lakeside.

The forums were designed to complement the ‘State of Lakeside’ presentations by giving stakeholders a chance to express their views and key issues of concern, especially as Lakeside Chautauqua continues efforts to update its strategic plan.

Collectively, participants affirmed Lakeside’s five major strategic goals, which are:

  1. Preserve Lakeside’s heritage, traditions and culture as expressed in our mission and vision statement
  2. Become known as a center of Chautauqua programming excellence
  3. Assure Lakeside is a safe, healthy and aesthetically pleasing community
  4. Address emerging 21st century guest expectations
  5. Develop the financial resources needed for long-term sustainability and advancement

Dozens of ideas were discussed as Lakesiders identified ways to further enrich the Chautauqua program, enhance services and ensure the grounds and facilities meet the needs of guests and residents.

Safety concerns were brought to the forefront by community members and remain a chief priority of the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors and staff as outlined in the strategic plan.

At the conclusion of each session, attendees shared their appreciation for the forums and encouraged Lakeside to continue offering them in the future.

All of the feedback received will now be consolidated and shared with the full board so it can be integrated into strategic planning activities.

We deeply appreciate those who participated in the Community Forums and shared their valuable insights. The Lakeside Chautauqua staff and board will continue to listen and collect feedback from the community during this strategic planning conversation.

All are invited to provide feedback on the future of Lakeside Chautauqua. Community members can complete a feedback form at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, 236 Walnut Ave., or email Please add ‘Community Conversation’ in the subject line.