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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  • Case Studies & Practices

Leaders from the City and County of San Francisco have several formal partnerships with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and San Francisco State University. The city also joined with the City College of San Francisco, SFUSD, and…

  • Case Studies & Practices
What are the programs Goals?

Greater University Circle is a four-square-mile area in Cleveland that is home to Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals.  Together these neighborhood anchor institutions…

  • Case Studies & Practices
What are the target goals?

Housing programs in the City of Boston focus on efforts to educate new mortgage borrowers, support existing homeowners, mitigate foreclosures, and stabilize neighborhoods. The interlinked formula of education,…

  • Press Release

Josh Lerner will serve as a presenter and facilitator for the interactive NLC University Seminar, "Participatory Budgeting – How to Build Deep Community Engagement in Real Budget Decisions (201)" at the Congress of Cities and Exposition…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

The Boston Youth Zone deserves a huge spotlight for their historic involvement in the nation’s first ever youth-led participatory budgeting project. Last November, Boston’s former Mayor Thomas Menino challenged Boston’s Youth to decide how to…

Group of people
Group of people
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the first article in a multi-part series from the National League of Cities (NLC), the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Cities of Service on the national and community service movement and…

City Year
City Year
  • CitiesSpeak

Democracy. In the very root of the word is the notion that it is the people who rule. It is engrained in all Americans that in our country, government is by the people and for the people. Of course, for this to be true, the people must be…

Citizen Engagement
Citizen Engagement
  • CitiesSpeak
On May 30th and 31st, innovators in government and technology joined together for the 5th annual Transparency Camp, led by the Washington, D.C. based Sunlight Foundation.   Throughout the two-day event, conversation revolved around the dual…
Camp
Camp
  • Press Release

Cindy Carlson will serve as a presenter for the interactive seminar, “Authentic Youth Civic Engagement,” at the Congress of Cities on Thursday, November 14, 2013 in Seattle, Wash.

There is a place in nearly every community where…

  • CitiesSpeak

Although For the Love of Cities by Peter Kageyama was published in 2011, the book, concept and author have been gaining popularity recently by a breadth of cities and city-loving organizations. Kageyama calls for city leaders to take on the task…