The City of Des Peres is a forward thinking organization that seeks to make the most of its financial resources. Des Peres currently enjoys vibrant retail, quality upper-end housing and excellent city services. Amidst ongoing discussions at the state and regional level regarding consolidation of municipal services and changes to sales tax distribution, leaders in Des Peres sought a strategic planning process to plan proactively for the City’s future. The resulting strategic plan, Des Peres’ first, provides citywide direction developed by elected officials in partnership with city staff. The plan applies for the period beginning July 2016 and ending December 2019. It will be used to drive decisions about budget, capital outlay, financial policies and operations. It will also provide valuable direction to staff as they conduct day to day operations and a means for elected officials to monitor progress towards strategic priorities.