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People walking on bridge

Civic Engagement

Broad participation by residents in government and public life strengthens democracy and governance at the local level, resulting in a more informed and inclusive community built on trust that can more effectively meet the needs of all stakeholders. In addition to the traditional citizen participation in government, information collected through open data programs offers another avenue to improve governmental transparency, performance, and spur economic growth.

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  • CitiesSpeak

How did a small community of less than ten thousand residents begin to increase public engagement in a way that is helpful to both local officials and constituents?

This is a guest post by Nick Mastronardi and…

photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
  • Case Studies & Practices

The city has set a goal to be the most resilient city for its residents and businesses. As part of this effort they have pursued STAR rating and will receive their certification in December, 2016. The STAR metrics will then be used as a benchmark…

  • Research Report

Performance management, the process of consistently reviewing performance data to inform decision-making, is a strategy emerging in cities across the country. Performance management practices and tools enable cities to:  make informed program and…

  • Research Report

The capture and analysis of data is transforming the 21st Century. As society becomes more data driven, data has the ability to drive the bottom line for private companies and help the public sector to define where and how services can best be…

  • Case Studies & Practices

To date, most of Tempe's sustainability and resilience initiatives have been housed within the Department of Public Works. To broaden the sustainability mission of the city government, Tempe created in October of 2015 a citizens' Sustainability…

  • Case Studies & Practices

The Leadership in Community Resilience project will help South Bend assess the extent to which urban forest and other green infrastructure can be developed to help manage stormwater, urban heat, and improve neighborhood quality. By first updating…

  • Case Studies & Practices

The City of San Antonio recently adopted SA Tomorrow, a three-in-one planning initiative consisting of a new Comprehensive Plan, Sustainability Plan, and Multimodal Transportation Plan. Through the Leadership in Community Resilience program, NLC…

  • Case Studies & Practices

As part of the Partners for Places Equity Pilot Initiative, the City of Providence is undertaking an intensive nine-month process to strengthen relationships with low-income communities and communities of color that are most susceptible to…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Portland is highly vulnerable to climate change hazards and has done considerable work to assess its risk of coastal flooding from sea level rise as well as flash flooding from increased rainfall intensity. The current update to the Comprehensive…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Public support for government led environmental programs is very high, but has not been actively engaged. The City of Des Moines is focused on building trust and strengthening relationships with communities in low-income and underrepresented…