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eVolvement connects community members, leaders

January 28, 2003 00:00

  

On Wednesday, January 29, at 9:45 a.m. in city council chambers, Mayor Vera Katz will announce the launch of a new pilot project called eVolvement and a new website created specifically for Portsmouth residents. eVolvement is a project of Innovation Partnership in partnership with public, private and community sponsors. The website launched on January 15, 2003, and the pilot project will run for six months.

eVolvement uses telecommunications, particularly web-based technologies, to engage more people in public affairs. Specifically, the project seeks to increase civic participation for all citizens, particularly for people who are traditionally not engaged in local government policy decision-making and to help government increase the effectiveness of its communication.

The pilot project is focused on community policing and will provide a community network for police, crime prevention and community members. Portsmouth neighbors will be able to ask questions of interest to participants and neighbors, report certain types of crimes or nuisance problems, and talk to neighbors through the website. Users can find out about crime prevention and police services, and connect with the neighborhood association and other community resources through articles or by viewing videos.

To view the website, visit www.portlandonline.com/portsmouth. The site contains services and functions related to crimes and livability issues in the Portsmouth neighborhood. The goals are to have Portsmouth citizens better informed, to interact regularly with their neighbors and government, and to be more satisfied with the quality of life in their community.

eVolvement will test these goals during the next six months by including several innovations that include: - A unique and broad mix of public and private partners - Advancements in the development and use of web-based tools - Creation of a web-based information network for community members, officers, and crime prevention specialists to work on problems and enhance community-policy efforts -Enhances the idea of the 24-hour "City Hall."

The public partners include the City of Portland Police Bureau, Bureau of Information Technology, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. The private partners include AT&T Broadband, and One Economy Corporation. Community partners include The Community Association of Portsmouth, Peninsula Community Development Corporation, and Oregon Council for Hispanic Development.

For more information about eVolvement, contact Innovation Partnership at 503-223-4475 or Jane Braaten, Portland Police Bureau, at 503-823-0292.

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