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Civic Conversations

The Georgia Municipal and Georgia Cities Foundation's Civic Conversations bring together mayors from urban areas around Georgia to talk about issues the mayors have chosen as important. The aim of each Conversation is to draft strategies that the mayors believe could have a major impact in a six‐month period of time. This effort is supported by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
 

How Do We Keep Young People In Our Cities?

A group of mayors and other city officials met in March 2016 in a Georgia Municipal Association Civic Conversation in Duluth to talk about ways keeping young people in their cities. They ended the four-hour Conversation by drafting a set of strategies that they believed could help any city improve its attraction for young people in a short period of time.

Civic Conversation: How Do We Keep Young People in Our Cities? (PDF)
Final report of the March 2016 Civic Conversation held in Duluth, Georgia.

 

How Do We Involve Citizens in Improving Our Cities? 

A group of mayors met in December 2015 in a GMA Civic Conversation in Decatur to talk about ways of involving citizens in improving their cities. They ended the four‐hour Conversation by drafting a set of strategies that they believed could help any city improve its citizen engagement efforts in a short period of time.

Civic Conversation: How Do We Involve Citizens in Improving Our Cities? (PDF)
Final report of the December 2015 Civic Conversation held in Decatur, Georgia.

Other Resources
Engagement Checklist (PDF)
Five Tips for Effective Community Engagement (PDF)
Engaging the Unengaged: Developing a Community Engagement Strategy (PDF)
Class Outline for Decatur 101 (PDF) 
Dunwoody Civic Engagement Toolkit (PDF)
Dunwoody Community and Civic Engagement Program (PDF) 
Dunwoody Strategic Civic Engagement Program Activities (PDF)