Since 2010, CIC members and OCI staff have attended public events throughout the county to talk with people about what the county does, answer questions and provide information about services and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, in 2014 we asked people for comments or concerns they have with the county which we then passed on to program managers. Public events provide an avenue to reach residents who are not already involved with county affairs. Event attendees frequently don’t know the county exists or what programs and services the county provides, much less how to engage with county government.
Since the program began, CIC members and staff have engaged in significant discussions with 996 people at 50 events. In addition, 435 people have requested additional information about county programs and volunteer opportunities. Dozens of new members for various advisory committees have also been recruited during the campaigns. Beyond staff time, the costs are minimal. Volunteers enrich this program—from committee members who attend events to talk about their engagement to event managers who voluntarily provide table space at no charge. The campaign was recognized with an Achievement Award at the 2013 National Association of Counties Conference.
Please contact us if you have additional ideas for meetings or events that you would like us to attend.