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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

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

Community Input Overview

We recognize there are multiple ways to engaging with community - from community surveys to conversations in multiple language in multicultural settings, to meeting the community in their gathering spaces.

Portlanders should have many platforms to author their own experiences.

How We are Engaging Portlanders


A Survey of Civic Life opened in November 2018 and over a 1,000 Portlanders have responded. The survey was made available in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. To continually add new voices and reach wider audiences, we collaborated with several new and existing partners such as Bridgeliner (local Portland newsletter), Partners in Diversity, Citywide Bureaus, and more.


Hosted in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese with our community partners, we had in-depth conversations. Take a look at our community conversations held in February 2019 here>>


We are introducing ourselves to new audiences. This project has awarded us the opportunity to build and expand authentic partnerships. We are intentionally connecting with communities and groups not currently well-represented in our Bureau partnerships—faith-based, local businesses, immigrants and refugees, people without documentation, and people on the path to citizenship.


On April 30th, people from diverse communities came together to share and reflect on what we have learned thus far. This was an opportunity for Civic Life to support communities and groups in connecting with each other, while also better understanding the collected data and feedback we received thus far.



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