Even at the best of times, authentic, inclusive, and effective public engagement looks very different from traditional, 3-minutes-at-a-microphone, public comment. The COVID-19 era has pushed engagement practices to the virtual realm, with this change likely remaining to some degree. Furthermore, complex issues like housing, homelessness, public safety, workforce development, and the gig economy have been amplified and remain at the forefront of many communities. To address these challenges, local governments must commit to engaging a more diverse cross-section of residents as partners in both policymaking and program delivery. The good news is that a year apart has made many residents more interested in their communities than ever. This webinar will explore creative ways local leaders have built community in the last year, bringing residents together even when they’re forced to be apart.
Moderator: Cherise Mead, ELGL
Panelist: Lacey Beatty, Mayor, City of Beaverton, OR
Panelist: Brian Platt, City Manager, City of Kansas City, MO
Part of the Connectivity & COVID-19: A Year Later series.
Close and consistent connection to the communities you serve sets local government apart from national or even state government. However, this has made the social distancing restrictions of COVID-19 even more difficult for communities. ELGL and the Davenport Institute are excited to come together again for a five-part webinar series exploring how local leaders have maintained connection over the past year and what lessons can be applied moving forward.