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Public Engagement Signposts – October 2014

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This regular feature of ILG’s Public Engagement E-News offers useful information and resources about public engagement practices, innovations and ideas from sources in California and elsewhere.

City of Placentia Engages Community to Update its General Plan

The City of Placentia, California is updating its General Plan that will establish a 25-year vision to address important community needs ranging from land use and mobility to public safety. The city has created an online community survey form to solicit input to help guide this General Plan update process with questions included that ask about resident views on sustainability. The city will also hold two community workshops where participants will review and provide input on the goals and policies that will make up the General Plan. The General Plan update pages of the city’s website provide information about the public engagement activities as well as the elements of the present General Plan. Click here for more information.

ILG provides public engagement resources in support of California’s Local Control Funding Formula

The Institute for Local Government has released a new publication, “Engagement Strategies for California’s Local Control Funding Formula.”   It is available for free download here. The video recording and presentation slides of a recent institute webinar, ”Meeting and Exceeding LCFF Requirements” is also available here

“California’s Uncounted Vote-by-Mail Ballots: Identifying Variations in County Processing”

This report has been released by the UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project in partnership with the Future of California’s Elections. The report documents the increasing use of mail ballots in California primary and general elections, and identifies the reasons why many of these ballots go uncounted. See the report here.

Missouri Creates Office of Community Engagement

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed an Executive Order in September creating a state level Office of Community Engagement with responsibilities to “substantively engage communities, public and private sectors, clergy and citizens across the State of Missouri in meaningful communication regarding critical issues affecting our citizens and communities.” The office will also be tasked with “assisting in the development of policies and strategies to enable all citizens and communities in our state to prosper.”  See the Executive Order (#14-11).

“Inter-Organizational Networks: A Review of the Literature to Inform Practice”

As stated in this newly revised report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, “networks have been established in the public and nonprofit sectors to create collective solutions to complex problems through cross-boundary action, whether those boundaries are jurisdictional, organizational, programmatic, geographic, professional or sectoral.” One claim is that the use of networks empowers communities to respond to change and problems with greater capacity and resilience. The purpose of this literature review is to present evidence of practical value, identifying and synthesizing what is known about inter-organizational networks. Find the publication here.

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