We approach community engagement with the goal of providing community members opportunities to influence decision-making and to contribute towards the solution to complex community needs through partnership with the City and other partners in the community. We also work to provide choices, so that people can engage in ways that are meaningful and important to them personally in their lives.
Our interactions with residents and departments indicate many people are interested in:
raising awareness of the ways to engage with the City organization
providing ways for all community members to be integrated and involved in the community
identifying and addressing barriers to engagement within and across key institutions
reducing assumptions based on limited or false information about city finances, planning, roles, and projects
reducing the distance felt between community members and staff and the City Council.
As we do our work, we continually keep in mind that community engagement is a process that must take into account the following things:
current staff and public resources
ability and skills of the individuals involved
the overall system and context in which we are operating