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Participate and Engage

The City of Boulder recognizes that good public processes and engagement play important roles in making local government both effective and responsive to the community it serves. City Council decided in January 2016 to involve the community in assessing the city’s work to date and recommending ways to enhance public engagement. It appointed a 14-member Public Participation Working Group. The group presented its report to council in August 2017, and the city is now working to implement both the spirit and core recommendations of the group's work.

Draft Engagement Framework

This draft City of Boulder Engagement Strategic Framework pdf is intended to guide staff’s work, help to clarify the city’s intentions and systems so residents and other impacted individuals know what to expect, and assist other organizations that might be working to cultivate good engagement and/or public participation. The document was presented to City Council in November 2017 pdf.

The framework includes:

  • Why: The purpose of the strategic framework and the city's engagement mission;
  • How: The strategic objectives and timeline of the activities to meet those objectives;
  • What: Engagement methods and best practices to follow when pursuing engagement efforts;
  • Who: The city employees and groups who will collaborate to enhance engagement efforts; and
  • Results: The process the city will follow to measure progress.

Some edits are likely based on council feedback, but for now, this provides a good overview of where the city is heading. For questions or to make suggestions, please contact Engagement Manager Sarah Huntley at [email protected] or 720-564-2111.

Upcoming Engagement Events

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More General Ways to Get Involved

Apply for a board or commision
Learn about other one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunities
Attend a Chat with Council

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Engagement Framework Implementation

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