What does it take to create and sustain healthy, vibrant and resilient communities?
The interest and ability to connect, engage and meet people where they are. Sounds deceptively easy.
In practice, effective, lasting engagement requires a unique combination of skills, talents, abilities and capacities. We know this because we’ve been developing and pioneering this art for decades.
We believe in the power of people to create solutions to vexing economic development, public policy and environmental challenges that suit their community and sustain current and future generations.
We leverage our facilitation, communications, technology, creative graphics and analytical skills to:
- Develop and facilitate comprehensive, strategic, and visioning processes.
- Design and implement innovative, award-winning public information, engagement and constituency-building programs that draw on the strengths of community members.
- Facilitate culturally responsive engagement.
- Design and manage productive meetings, workshops and conferences.
- Provide language access services to diminish barriers to participation.
- Develop intergovernmental agreements and institutional arrangements.
- Train business and professionals in effective writing and presentations.
COG is a nationally recognized leader in the design and implementation of successful public engagement programs.
We have been honored by the national American Planning Association; the Cascade Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2); the National Association of Counties (NACo); and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Among our award-winning projects are Complete Communities for Clackamas County (Oregon); Region 2040 Vision (Metro, Portland, Oregon); Community Vision (Medford, Oregon); and Future Focus, the City of Portland’s strategic planning process.
Our publications include:
- Successful Public Meetings, a practical guide for managers in government.
- You Can Talk to (Almost) Anyone about (Almost) Anything, a speaking guide for business and professional people.
- Techniques of Public Involvement for the Council of State Planning Agencies/National Governors’ Association.
- Statewide Policy Instruments for the Council of State Planning Agencies/National Governors’ Association.
- Chapter on citizen participation for The Practice of State and Regional Planning published by the International City Management Association and the American Planning Association.
- Numerous articles in Woman Engineer, Business Week/Careers, The Oregonian, The Business Journal, Planning magazine, Planning Commissioners’ Journal, Journal of the American Planning Association, Oregon Lands, Journal of Housing, and Zoning & Land Use Digest.