City of Gonzales adopts strategic plan

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
The Gonzales City Council is pictured with members of the newly adopted strategic Plan steering committee.

The City of Gonzales Council recently adopted a Strategic Plan that sees plans for Economic Development, Transportation, Education, Workforce Development, Quality of Life and Infrastructure laid out until the year 2025.

The eight-year plan serves as a plan for the city, as laid out in its vision statement: “Gonzales is a business and family friendly city known for the availability of high quality jobs and excellent schools. The quality of life is outstanding due to its many festivals and concerts in its entertainment district, its various recreational facilities and cultural activities. Gonzales is located centrally between Louisiana’s two largest cities, connected to them by passenger rail.”

A steering committee has been working on the plan since April, and has listened to resident output in making suggestions. The committee consisted of City of Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, City of Gonzales Chief Administrative Officer Scott Byrd, City of Gonzales Planning Committee Chairman Frank Cagnolatti, Ascension Parish Government Grants Officer Martha Collins, Ascension Parish Chamber of Commerce Chairman/CEO Barker Dirrman, former Gonzales Weekly Citizen Journalist Halen Doughty, Ascension Parish Schools Assistant Superintendent Denise Graves, Ascension Economic Development Corporation President/CEO Kate MacArthur, DD of Louisiana President/CEO Clay Stafford, and Eastbank Realty Company Broker-Principal Cynthia Stafford.

The City of Gonzales partnered with Louisiana Economic Development to participate in its “Development Ready Communities” program to develop a plan to enhance economic opportunity and quality of life for the citizens of Gonzales.

The development of the plan began with a community assessment, which was conducted by a series of surveys, focus groups, and town hall meetings to solicit information from the public on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the city. Comprehensive datasets for the community were provided to the steering committee by Louisiana Economic Development. Then brainstorming sessions for goals and action plans to improve the city’s position. Finally, the goals were prioritized to determine which ones would have the most important and greatest impact so as to make the best use of limited resources.

To view the plan in its entirety, visit, and click Strategic Plan on the home page.

Contributed by City of Gonzales