People walking on bridge
People walking on bridge

Civic Engagement

Broad participation by residents in government and public life strengthens democracy and governance at the local level, resulting in a more informed and inclusive community built on trust that can more effectively meet the needs of all stakeholders. In addition to the traditional citizen participation in government, information collected through open data programs offers another avenue to improve governmental transparency, performance, and spur economic growth.

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  • CitiesSpeak

New research shows cities that prioritize the maintenance of public spaces and community assets are more likely to inspire civic trust, stewardship and participation in public life. Here are three key findings — and…

photo - Foundations of Civic Health: Neighborhood Order (and Disorder)
photo - Foundations of Civic Health: Neighborhood Order (and Disorder)
  • CitiesSpeak

In this guest post celebrating Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, Commissioner Gil Ziffer explains how the proposed federal budget cuts to service programs like AmeriCorps will have a significant impact on cities.

This…

photo - City Leaders Know How to Get Things Done. So Does National Service.
photo - City Leaders Know How to Get Things Done. So Does National Service.
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON – The National League of Cities (NLC) today recognized six cities for implementing programs that enhance and promote cultural diversity in their communities. Presented at the 2017 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., the…

Award Recipients
Award Recipients
  • Case Studies & Practices

What are the goals of the program?

Orlando's Parramore neighborhood is mostly populated by people of color, especially African Americans. Upward of 70 percent of Parramore's children live in poverty and 47 percent of neighborhood…

  • Case Studies & Practices
What are the target goals and outcomes?

Data compiled by the Tucson Police Department (TPD) indicated a pattern of decision making by patrol offices that resulted in more arrests of youth of color rather than referrals to specialized diversion…

  • CitiesSpeak

How did a small community of less than ten thousand residents begin to increase public engagement in a way that is helpful to both local officials and constituents?

This is a guest post by Nick Mastronardi and…

photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
  • Case Studies & Practices

The city has set a goal to be the most resilient city for its residents and businesses. As part of this effort they have pursued STAR rating and will receive their certification in December, 2016. The STAR metrics will then be used as a benchmark…

  • Case Studies & Practices

What are the goals for the initiative?

The Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia is in the western part of the state near West Virginia. The rural Allegany Highlands features some of the most beautiful forest lands interspersed with lakes…

  • Case Studies & Practices

The City of Gary, Indiana sought to build partnerships to support investment and institutional capacity to implement community redevelopment. Such partnerships were intended to build upon the existing assets of strong local leadership and a…

  • Case Studies & Practices

To date, most of Tempe's sustainability and resilience initiatives have been housed within the Department of Public Works. To broaden the sustainability mission of the city government, Tempe created in October of 2015 a citizens' Sustainability…