Meetings are central to democratic decision-making. Leaders can
increase the effectiveness of public meetings with thoughtful
advance planning and by taking a few simple steps. The
Institute’s Meeting Resource Center aims to help local officials
and agency staff in these efforts by providing practical tools
and useful materials.
In this section, the Institute offers resources for chairing a
meeting, codes of conduct, preparing for successful meetings and
ideas on getting meetings back on track. Video interviews
with current and former officials supplement written materials
with tips on making meetings productive, maintaining civility and
engaging the public.
Local agencies inform, consult or deliberate with the greater
community in a variety of ways. Resources in this section provide
decision makers information on how to enhance their public
For officials interested in understanding the options and
opportunities associated with broadening and deepening their
public engagement activities, please check out the Institute’s
resources on public
Local agency meetings are an opportunity to engage with
residents, media and the greater community. Incorporating
technology before, during and after a meeting can enhance
transparency, communication and public participation.