Our Approach to Public Engagement

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Why We Need You

Local government has the advantage of being closest to the people it serves. It protects and enables the lives of the community’s residents by providing basic needs from sidewalks and water, to cultural enrichment, festivals and healthy natural spaces. The City of Fort Collins highly values public engagement. Our processes provide opportunities for people to participate in the conversation, to learn, and to work with others, not just provide input.


"Community members are an extension of our efforts and should take part as collaborative problem solvers." -City of Fort Collins Public Engagement Guide

Why OUR City

Why We Need You

Local government has the advantage of being closest to the people it serves. It protects and enables the lives of the community’s residents by providing basic needs from sidewalks and water, to cultural enrichment, festivals and healthy natural spaces. The City of Fort Collins highly values public engagement. Our processes provide opportunities for people to participate in the conversation, to learn, and to work with others, not just provide input.


"Community members are an extension of our efforts and should take part as collaborative problem solvers." -City of Fort Collins Public Engagement Guide

Why OUR City Platform

The City of Fort Collins has a variety of avenues for requests, inquiries, concerns, and input. This flow of information is most effective when it works both ways and is fostered at each step. We strive to create inclusive, equitable and accessible methods for participation. We hope OurCity will help you find the information you want and help us learn how to serve you better.

This platform will serve as your one-stop-shop for big picture, long-term projects in Fort Collins. We will provide timelines, documents, photos, maps, and other educational resources to help you learn about projects as well as a range of tools to help you participate. These may include discussion boards, Q & A’s with project leaders, questionnaires, event schedules, and more.

How We Plan Engagement

We base our approach to public engagement on the methods and best practices created by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) their principles also helped to develop this tool. Dozens of City staff are trained through IAP2 and we constantly research and connect with other communities to learn about new ideas. We work closely with CSU's Center for Public Deliberation, Poudre School District and other local organizations that help us connect with you.

7 Principles of Public Engagement

  1. Careful Planning and Preparation
  2. Inclusion and Demographic Diversity
  3. Collaboration and Shared Purpose
  4. Openness and Learning
  5. Transparency and Trust
  6. Impact and Action
  7. Sustained Engagement and Participatory Culture