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How our Citywide Public Involvement Best Practices Program transforms your engagmement


Imagine a city government that works across bureaus to establish and maintain meaningful relationships, utilizing the best public involvement practices to engage and include all communities that make up Portland.  This vision is driven by communities and city staff working together respecting one another’s experiences and perspectives. Creating a city that listens and Adapts to the community’s needs. 


Have you wondered how resources are allocated? Who makes the decision on which project or programs get funded or cut? Since 2004, the community has been advising Council on the best practices to create transparency in governance through the city’s Public Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC). Because of PIAC recommendations, the Budget Advisory Committees (BAC) model was developed. This model provides communities with the opportunity to be involved in the budget process in city bureaus. PIAC continues to review this model updating as needed and is currently evaluating how to best budget with community. In fiscal year 19/20 the budget process was changed and as a result the BAC model is being reviewed to adapt to those changes.


More about the Citywide Public Involvement Best Practice Program

The Citywide Public Involvement Best Practices Program was established in response to community and bureau requests for a program dedicated to improving and standardizing public involvement policies and practices across the City. Over the last 10 years, the Program has supported PIAC, lead Citywide policy reform and implementation, and provided consultation to bureaus, and policy leads on community engagement strategies and planning efforts.

Find here: public involvement resources, best practices, and information on the Citywide Public Involvement Advisory Committee 

In 2019, we are:

  • Co-leading changes how the City engages community in budget decision making per the Mayor’s announced Citywide budget process changes

    Utilizing the best public involvement practices to engage and include all communities that make up Portland.

    Prioritizing adaptive governance collaboration work to initiate the accomplishment of shared goals with other City bureaus and expanding the breadth of collective resources and community partnerships

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