Every Voice Matters: Citizen Engagement Plan

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Every Voice Matters: Citizen Engagement Plan

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Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota




This project was completed as part of the 2017-2018 Resilient Communities Project (rcp.umn.edu) partnership with the City of Ramsey. In 2006, the City of Ramsey embarked on a major overhaul of how it approaches public participation through a grass roots public engagement effort known as Ramsey3. Although the City has made great strides in engaging with residents about land use decisions, street reconstruction projects, and project proposal reviews, a biannual citywide survey suggests that residents would like additional civic and volunteer opportunities to get involved in their community on other issues. Students in Dr. Dan Milz’s Planning and Participation Processes class evaluated the city’s current engagement methods, identified guiding principles for effective public engagement through a literature review and case studies, identified a range of engagement methods and tools for the City to consider, and offered recommendations for the City going forward. A final report and poster are available.


Report and posters completed by students enrolled in PA 5252: Planning and Participation Processes, taught by Dan Milz in fall 2017.

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This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance community resilience through collaborative, course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at http://www.rcp.umn.edu.

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DesRoches, Chris; Kartheiser, Chris; Kutcher, Rachel; Li, Meng; Sherlock, Reed; Yoder, Amy. (2017). Every Voice Matters: Citizen Engagement Plan. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/193375.

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