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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

Bank & Build Knowledge

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Let's learn from history when government marginalized non-dominant groups. Below is a list of resources to guide your work, and avoid the past mistakes others have learned from.

Do you have a resource you would like to share? Email us to add it!


Disability Program Resources


Trainings for Staff and the Public

These next trainings are for community members who engage with us on an ongoing basis, or whose engagement is high profile, high risk, and/or high conflict. For questions or custom information, please email

Click here ( for trainings on:

  • How to be Public Meetings Law & Public Records Law compliant for your meetings with community members
  • What are the Human Resources Standards for engagement in Public Meetings?
  • Pre-Equity 101: Building a Shared Language

Click here ( for instructions on:

  • Recruitment & Selection for Community Engagement Committees
  • Instructions for committee member appointments by Council
  • Guidance for how to encourage minority reports (dissenting opinions)
  • Bylaws templates: help you and your committee applicants understand what they are signing up for, time commitments, and responsibilities. These guidelines are the legal minimum required by the City.


Mental Health Program Resources


Public Involvement Best Practices & Resources

Coming soon! Please check back as we work to migrate our resources to this new website!