Wanted: Community members for Metro review committee

Metro is seeking volunteers to serve on the agency’s new Public Engagement Review Committee (PERC). The committee will meet twice a year and serve as a key component of Metro’s ongoing efforts to develop and implement successful public engagement processes.

The PERC will include at least three at-large community members along with three individuals from local community organizations, either staff or board members. The committee will also include a public involvement staff member from each of the three metropolitan counties, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington.

In selecting PERC members, the Metro Council will seek a mix of members that demonstrate:
• a commitment to community involvement
• skills, knowledge or experience that support the public engagement principles adopted by Metro
• an ability to represent the geographic and demographic diversity of the region.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. For more information, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/engage.

The PERC is part of a multi-track strategy to ensure that Metro’s public involvement is effective, reaches diverse audiences and harnesses emerging best practices. In addition to the committee, Metro will convene public involvement peer group learning sessions, hold an annual stakeholder summit, conduct online surveys and develop an annual report of Metro’s public involvement practices.

The updated public engagement review process was adopted by the Metro Council in May following a two-year process to replace the Metro Committee for Citizen Involvement that previously oversaw the agency’s public engagement activity.

Metro, the regional government, crosses city limits and county lines to build a resilient economy, keep nature close by and respond to a changing climate. Representing a diverse population of 1.5 million people in 25 cities and three counties, Metro’s directly elected council gives voters a voice in decisions about how the region grows and communities prosper.