Our Public Engagement Plan is one of many pieces necessary to implement Thrive MSP 2040. It establishes principles and processes for public engagement to ground Council decisions in the needs of community stakeholders and to engage people in the decision-making process.
The plan was created collaboratively with members of the Community Engagement Steering Committee, a group of organizations initially formed to support the Corridors of Opportunity/Partnership for Regional Opportunity efforts. More about the process.
Engagement is the act of intentionally organizing individuals, communities, constituencies and organizations to help the Council generate ideas, better understand issues, identify concerns and considerations, and help with problem-solving. Organizing can be done through many different avenues:
- One-on-one conversations
- Community conversations
In contrast to outreach, engagement is relational and ongoing, or multi-directional interactions. Engagement moves beyond simply identifying “who” we need to reach out to and embraces a strategic approach to building lasting relationships.