A high sierra environment, Washoe County benefits from a variety of flora including pine trees
A high sierra environment, Washoe County benefits from a variety of flora including pine trees

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Welcome to the Washoe County Strategic Plan. We've created this section of our County website as a place for citizens and government to communicate with each other about the direction we're all headed. We welcome you to download our 2013-14 strategic plan and familiarize yourself with the strategic objectives and outcomes that we are currently striving to accomplish. For historical perspective, view our 2012-2013 goals. Let us know what you think of our progress by leaving comments.

Our strategic plan is extremely important and a great deal of effort goes into making sure that it thoroughly addresses the needs of those who live and work within our county. It is the document that details the direction that our county will take; it is essentially a window into our future.

Washoe County's Strategy: 

Vision Statement

Washoe County is home to Lake Tahoe, one of the most beautiful places on earth; to the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains; to the life-giving Truckee River, to vast open ranges and blue sky; to pastoral ranches and to friendly, vibrant communities including the cities of Reno and Sparks. 

Our vision is that Washoe County is the best place in the country to live, work, recreate, visit, and invest.

Mission Statement

Working together regionally to provide and sustain a safe, secure and healthy community.

Board of County Commissioners' Strategic Objectives

1.  Sustainability of our financial, social and natural resources

2.  Economic development and diversification

3.  Safe, secure and healthy communities

4.  Public participation and open, transparent communication

5.  Valued, engaged employee workforce


Organizational Values

Many Communities.  One County. One Region.

We take pride in our region, our neighborhoods, and our people, and we are dedicated to building a healthy, prosperous region with a strong sense of community and a great quality of life.

Quality Public Service

Quality service is the fundamental reason that Washoe County exists.  Our employees are our most valuable resource.


We believe in the value and a spirit of cooperative effort within our organization and our community, and our regional partners.

Dignity and Respect

We strive to treat all people with equity, dignity, respect, and fairness.  Each person's public contribution is essential to our success.


We believe in simplicity, accuracy, and clarity in communications with the public and each other. We encourage the open exchange of ideas and information.


We are dedicated to high ethical and moral standards and uncompromising honesty in our dealings with the public and each other in conformance with our code of conduct.


We are committed to providing the highest level of transparency in government.  Transparency is the basis for accountability, increases public confidence, provides for informed participation of citizens, and facilitates an understanding of the decision making process in government.


We believe in high professional standards and performance that results in an objective analysis of issues, free of our personal biases.

Creativity and Innovative Thinking

We promote and inspire innovation and creativity, and support an orientation for change and intelligent decision making.

Citizen Involvement

We believe effective and informed decision-making must include diverse citizen involvement, and mutual trust and respect.


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