COG designed, managed and continue to implement an ambitious and comprehensive public involvement process to engage urban, suburban and rural County residents in a grassroots visioning and planning effort for the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.
Facilitated start-up steering committee of nearly 60 local government officials, special district representatives and citizens. Coordinated more than 100 community meetings and public events throughout the County, trained citizen facilitators, managed outreach to County youth, wrote and produced two videos, and conducted six very well-attended Community Congresses on topics ranging from governance to sustainability and healthy communities.
Managed extensive outreach to the Latino community, including translation of all materials into Spanish, coordination of community meetings conducted in Spanish, and provision of interpreters at the Community Congresses. Results include new governance models for rural areas, a Diversity Advisory Board and Youth Leadership program. Project accomplishments have been recognized by the American Planning Association, the National Association of Counties (NaCO), the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University as well as the Cascade Chapter of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).