People walking on bridge
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

Over the next few decades, sea level is projected to rise by up to 26 inches in and around West Palm Beach and the entire state of Florida faces a number of hazards including flooding, extreme precipitation, hurricanes, thunderstorms and extreme…

  • Case Studies & Practices

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The Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia is in the western part of the state near West Virginia. The rural Allegany Highlands features some of the most beautiful forest lands interspersed with lakes…

  • Case Studies & Practices

The City of Gary, Indiana sought to build partnerships to support investment and institutional capacity to implement community redevelopment. Such partnerships were intended to build upon the existing assets of strong local leadership and a…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Tempe's sustainability and resilience initiatives were typically housed within the Department of Public Works. To broaden the city's mission and commitment to sustainability, Tempe created a citizens' Sustainability Commission, and the city…

  • 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

In 2016, the city of San Antonio adopted SA Tomorrow, a coordinated planning effort including an updated Comprehensive Plan, Sustainability Plan, and Multimodal Transportation Plan. The plans are intended to help the city manage…

  • Case Studies & Practices

The city of Providence leveraged their Leadership in Community Resilience grant to align with and support an existing Partners for Places Equity Pilot Initiative, an intensive nine-month community-building process. Working with Groundworks Rhode…

Rhode Island School of Design Shellfish habitat project with Providence skyline in background
Rhode Island School of Design Shellfish habitat project with Providence skyline in background
  • Case Studies & Practices

Portland residents and business owners experience the impacts of rising sea-levels and more frequent, intense floods as a result to heavy rainfall on the city’s aging stormwater systems. Nowhere is the threat of climate change on property and…

Portland's working waterfront and historic downtown
Portland's working waterfront and historic downtown
  • Case Studies & Practices

The City of Des Moines is focused on building trust and strengthening relationships with communities in low-income and underrepresented areas that are most susceptible to incurring impacts from climate change. The Leadership in Community…