2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
City of Portland, OR
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
Oregon

Portland’s Community Engagement Liaison Initiative delivers two vital public services to the city’s immigrant communities by providing access to participatory governance and to creative city/community partnerships that help deliver city services to some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods. By training CEL’s from these underserved populations in collaboration and advocacy skills, they can contribute their community connections, their civic leadership, and their cultural and language expertise to local democracy.