Every weekday morning, my eyes rest on a large poster just outside the newsroom at The Daily News.
“We have a strategic plan,” the poster has reminded me daily. “It’s called doing things.”
The maxim has the proper Texas kick-in-the-pants attitude I adore.
But strategy doesn’t happen on a whim. It takes planning, organizing, debating and testing. Once an organization does the planning, then a strategy can become second nature.
Our cover story about League City’s proposed strategic action plan describes how leaders want to get on the same page with the same language to set priorities, get things done on time and treat its residents with respect, even when those residents are critical of some plans and projects.
Whether it’s the prolonged reconstruction of Calder Road or the proposed drainage for the undeveloped part of the city, leaders can follow a strategy with clear, specific steps to do the job.
That type of strategy relies on consistency.
It also relies on a team of talented people who can step in and keep up the pace as needed.
We have a plan like that here at Connection. I am stepping aside as editor, and smarter journalists will continue the coverage of northern Galveston County to deliver this publication that has become an integral part of our newsroom.
Connection will carry out a 176-year tradition of consistency at The Daily News. We are proud to be part of the oldest newspaper in Texas, in print since 1842. This historic newspaper and its staff will continue to print good journalism that holds government accountable and also tells the stories of Clear Lake Shores, Kemah and League City.
Michael Smith, editor of The Daily News, will oversee Connection and will demand the highest journalistic standards as well as common sense.
Laura Elder, managing editor of The Daily News and editor of Coast Monthly, will continue her popular and long-running Biz Buzz column, while also managing this publication. You’ve read her column for years to learn about new restaurants, stores and developments.
Other familiar names will still appear in these pages.
John Wayne Ferguson, who writes an insightful Political Buzz column for The Daily News, also covers Galveston County, and his work will still be here in Connection.
Marissa Barnett covers Galveston for The Daily News, but she also writes great articles about the environment. So much of her work relates to key issues in Clear Lake Shores, Kemah and League City.
Matt deGrood, who writes The Docket column in The Daily News, is covering League City council. He’s prepared for the technicality of the coming budget talks and the full-contact sports of election season.
Connor Behrens, a League City resident, will continue his energetic features.
The award-winning photographs of Jennifer Reynolds, Kelsey Waling and Stuart Villanueva will be here, too.
This hard-working team will bring you analysis in future issues of Connection about traffic, flooding, growth, taxes, education, crime and the issues that matter in your neighborhood.
We have a strategy for that. It’s called tradition.