SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

It can be hard enough to plan for tomorrow, let alone for the next year or next decade, but city officials and volunteers are taking on the task of planning for 2030.

“When you have such aggressive goals like we have here, it does go by pretty quickly because there are a lot of things to do,” said City Manager Greg Burris.

The new blueprint for the city's future is called Field Guide 2030.  The initiative replaces the Vision 20/20 program which guided the city through the previous decade.

The initiatives included 13 points of focus, including education; arts/culture and tourism; diversity; public health and safety; along with economic development; parks/greenways; the environment; and transportation.

“This plan is willing to take on the tough issues, not sweep them under the carpet and hope they just go away,” said Burris.  “Probably the overall biggest challenge is: there are so many desires to do so many great things in the community, can you do them all at once?”

On Thursday, volunteers, community members, and city officials gathered to kick off the program.

“It’s more important for us to define a community that our next generation of leaders is proud to be a part of,” said Mark McNay, co-chair of the Field Guide 2030 initiative.

For more details, be sure to check out the Field Guide 2030 website.