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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

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TDD: 503-823-6868

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204

What is public involvement?

City of Portland Public Involvement Principles

Adopted unanimously by City Council in August 2010 - these principles set out what the public can expect from city government. Seven principles are listed and each include indicators and outcomes.

Core Principles for Public Engagement

Includes a list of what quality public engagement looks like and what to avoid. Developed collaboratively in Spring 2009 by dozens of national leaders in public engagement. For more context and information, visit

From Neighborhood Association System to Participatory Democracy - Broadening and Deepening Public Involvement in Portland, Oregon

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Director, Amalia Alarcon deMorris and staff person, Paul Leistner, authored an article for the National Civic Review.

Public Involvement Blog

Articles on community governance and public involvement are posted here