Chapter News: May 2015
PI Network recently presented “Pracademia” May 21 in Eugene – “The Intersection of Best Practice and Academia in Public Participation.” We will find out what happened and will provide a write up for the June IAP2 newsletter.
Oregon P2 Practitioners are Finalists in Harvard Competition!
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the Top 10 programs for the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations in Public Engagement in Government Award, including the four finalists who will compete for the $100,000 grand prize on May 20 in Cambridge. Among the Top 10 are Citizens’ Initiative Review, City of Portland’s Diversity and Civic Leadership Program, and Oregon’s Kitchen Table. Congratulations to those leading these terrific programs!
April’s PI Network
On April 23, Cascade Chapter members and friends attended the PI Network to hear about the Sellwood Bridge replacement project from Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen. The County is replacing the 88-year old Willamette River crossing with a new, seismically-sound structure that offers upgraded facilities for all users. Public involvement has been intense for many years to set the stage for this unavoidable project that completely snarls Portland commutes at times.
A unique aspect of the P2 has been to use the project to engage future leaders through the School-Based Outreach Program. County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury said, “Our goal is to turn this once in a lifetime construction project into an exciting learning opportunity for students in our area.” Project professionals representing Multnomah County, TY Lin International, Slayden Construction, Sundt Construction, CH2M Hill, David Evans Associates and Lois D. Cohen Associates participate in this program. The School Program creates opportunities for students to get to know project professionals, to learn about their roles and responsibilities, and to explore careers related to construction, engineering, design, and public service. Students in the program learn about the importance of building and maintaining a sound bridge that will enhance our environment and our transportation network.
Northern California reaches 100!
Thanks to the efforts of a great group of volunteers, NORCAL passed the 100 member mark this month.
Mark your calendar for upcoming NorCal events! Including lunch in San Jose on June 5 and a San Francisco Civic Mixer with IAP2, Emerging Local Government Leaders Network (ELGL), &CivicMakers on July 16 with 37 attendees already registered!