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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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Code Change Project Updates

Thank you for following along with Civic Life’s Code Change Project. Some of you have been with us since we started this project (July 2018). Some have joined us recently, and some are brand new—we welcome you and are excited you are here!

Our goal throughout this process has been to gather community feedback and perspectives that showcase a rich cross-section of our city. To serve more communities, we are reaching beyond our existing audiences and connecting with groups and communities whose lived experiences, values, and aspirations have not been reflected in Chapter 3.96.

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We Are Here

Gathering perspectives and adding voices

Different tools are used for different reasons. Over-relying on any one tool will not get us all the perspectives we seek. To gain diverse perspectives, we have engaged with the community on concepts critical to our work through the following questions:

  • What is civic engagement to you?
  • How do you connect or interact with City government?
  • How do you define your community?

Ways we are engaging with Portlanders:

We are excited about our partnerships with the next generation of Portlanders. Students from two high school journalism programs: Parkrose and David Douglas are using the code change project as a topic for learning about City functioning and for storytelling to their peers in the manner and content they choose.
Hosted in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese with our community partners.

Take a look at our community conversations calendar held in February 2019 here>>
We are introducing ourselves to new audiences. This project has awarded us the opportunity to build and expand authentic partnerships. We are intentionally connecting with communities and groups that have not been well represented in our Bureau partnerships—faith-based, local businesses, immigrants and refugees, people without documentation, and people on the path to citizenship.​
1014 survey responses
A Survey of Civic Life opened in November 2018 and over a 1,000 Portlanders have responded. The survey was also made available in Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. To continually add new voices and reach wider audiences, we collaborated with several new and existing partners such as Bridgeliner (local Portland newsletter), Partners in Diversity, Citywide Bureaus, and more.

Survey results will be made available in March 2019.

What Comes Next: Review and Collate Feedback

Bringing community perspectives together

April 2019: Inviting Portlanders to help us better understand the collected data and feedback. In April, we would like to invite communities to share and reflect on what we have learned thus far. This will also be an opportunity for different communities and groups to connect and meet with each other.

Join us to review draft changes

May 2019: In Spring, join us to view the draft recommendations and language of Chapter 3.96.

Stay updated

Visit this page for the latest on Code Change Project, meet Committee 3.96, and more. Get started here: Civic Life Code Change Project 
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