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The Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities

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Categories: Community, Engagement, Equity, Formation, Resilience

By: Policy Link and The Kirwan Institute

The Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities is a quick read that includes the essential framework for effective community engagement. The guide covers the benefits of community engagement from hyper-local to regional planning projects, explains practical strategies, highlights case studies, and answers frequently asked questions about the topic. Equity is at the heart of this guide, as it describes methods of engagement to build community capacity and for inclusion in the planning process for the diversity of stakeholders involved. The guide highlights three cases: St. Louis, San Joaquin Valley, and the Twin Cities, showing how the planning process focused on including voices from disadvantaged populations can benefit the entire community. The guide closes by answering how to increase planning meeting attendance, engage those from immigrant and rural communities, and how to leverage technology for increased community engagement.