Engage Seattle

Seattle is growing and our population is changing. The City needs to continually revisit and expand its public engagement efforts to ensure growing demographic groups are represented in City decision-making processes and the barriers that discourage or prevent people from participating are eliminated.

In July of 2016, Executive Order 2016-06 was signed reaffirming the City's commitment to advance the effective deployment of equitable and inclusive engagement strategies across all City departments. In the 2017-2018 Budget, legislation was included that addressed equitable outreach and engagement principles, outlined a new citywide framework for community engagement, and created a Community Involvement Commission.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods was tasked to lead this citywide effort. This directive is reflected in our mission - to strengthen Seattle by engaging all communities. We do this by fostering community partnerships, cultivating emerging leadership, and facilitating community inclusiveness. The citywide framework for community engagement is our road map as we continue to develop a suite of tools and processes.

Work Plan