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Portland Engagement Project Fall 2022 Update

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Civic Life is inviting all Portlanders to design a more equitable community engagement model to solve issues of today and into the future.

The Portland Engagement Project includes data-rich neighborhood profiles, an engagement summit, and facilitated community listening sessions. These components will inform how the City builds onto its existing engagement framework. The updated engagement framework will empower Portlanders to come together to pinpoint, prioritize and solve the root of civic issues.

In summer 2022, we invited public review of the 94 neighborhood profiles.

A pie chart showing self-identification data of respondents for Civic Life's data-rich neighborhood profile maps. Of the 107 responses Civic Life received, 38% came from a District Coalition Office or Neighborhood Association, 37% from community activists, 13% from government representatives, and 12% from community-based organizations.

The internal listening sessions wrapped up in summer 2022. Nearly 600 City employees across 37 bureaus and work teams participated and submitted motions for change. Read the internal listening summary report.

On October 28, Civic Life Interim Director Michael Montoya joined Commissioner Mingus Mapps and other panelists at a panel held by Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs. The panel was called “Historical And Contemporary Perspectives on Governmental Reform in the Portland Metropolitan Area.” Here, Interim Director Montoya introduced the preliminary plans for the Portland Engagement Project.

In early 2023, all Portlanders will be invited to participate in public listening sessions. Check our website for more details and regular updates.