September 27, 2011
For Immediate Release
Afifa Ahmed-Shafi, 503-823-5202, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Involvement Advisory Council to present annual report to City Council
PORTLAND—A City of Portland advisory council addressing citywide public involvement issues will present its annual report to Portland City Council at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. The Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC) was established by City Council in 2008 to strengthen and institutionalize the City’s commitment to public involvement and assist City bureaus in creating consistent expectations and processes for public involvement activities.
The 34-member advisory council includes a balance of community members from a broad diversity of backgrounds as well as City staff members, representing different bureaus.
The PIAC has employed a broad strategy to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement across City government. This includes the City’s public involvement principles which were adopted in 2010; a new set of public involvement questions that accompany all resolutions, ordinances and reports submitted to City Council as of July 2011; an upcoming public involvement bureau annual assessment; the current development of best practices in several areas including the City bureau budget process and cross cultural public involvement; and the current development of an accessible list of the City’s public involvement opportunities.
The PIAC will be reporting on these initiatives to City Council for the purpose of continuing a conversation with both City and community stakeholders.
The PIAC’s Annual Report and more information on the PIAC can be found at: www.portlandonline.com/oni/piac
The City Council meeting will be held at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave in Council Chambers.
City Council meetings can be viewed in real time, online at: http://www.portlandonline.com/index.cfm?&c=28258