Community Engagement

  • Community Engagement Handbook

    Community engagement fosters a two-way conversation with members of the public and the City, reduces the barriers to participation, and includes the community in decisions about how we use City resources.

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    Engagement guiding principles

    • Value active citizen involvement as essential to the future of our community.
    • Respect and consider all citizen input.
    • Encourage effective outreach efforts that reflect the city’s rich diversity.
    • Promote communications and processes that encourage citizen participation and produce results.
    • Involve citizens early in policy development and planning projects.
    • Respond in a timely manner to citizens’ input and respect all perspectives and insights.
    • Coordinate City outreach and involvement activities to make the best use of citizens’ time and efforts.

    The City Council adopted these principles in 2004 to ensure strong community engagement and adhere to the City's Title VI obligations.

    What is Title VI?

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from discrimination based on race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The City receives funding from federal programs and is required to follow Title VI guidelines.

    Read about the City's Title VI program, filing a nondiscrimination complaint and resources.

    Contact us

    For more information, contact Joe Walsh, Interim Neighborhoods and Community Engagement Manager, at 503-618-2372 or