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Research Brief on America’s Cities – Municipal Officials’ Views on Public Engagement

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Municipal officials report widespread local efforts to engage the public. There is broad agreement on the importance of “useful, balanced information” as a basis for public engagement processes.

Additional findings from the National League of Cities’ Summer 2009 survey include:

Because of the current economic difficulties, one in three municipal officials (35%) report that their city has been doing more than usual in the past year to engage the public in budgeting and finance processes; and
Thirty-one percent of city officials have also noticed an increase in residents’ engagement in local public affairs as a result of the increased activism during the 2008 Presidential campaigns.

Click here to learn more about the survey.

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