Community Conversations

Overarching Themes & Data from Community Conversations


Document: Overarching Themes and Data

Excel: Data File

Through our three Community Conversations we heard directly from about 345 residents of Durham and we received 1,640 comments. After reading through all those comments City of Durham staff has identified 6 overarching themes that cut across all three meetings. Those themes are:
  • Affordability of Life in Durham
  • Support Services
  • Communication & Public Information
  • Equity for all Communities
  • Collaboration & Partnerships

These themes and specific quotes were shared with Durham City Council. 

Presentation to City Council: Community Conversations Summary

Thank you to all the residents who came out for our first Community Conversations sessions. The three focused meetings allowed residents to come together and talk with elected officials from the City, County and Durham Public Schools. Each of the three sessions focused on specific topics like public safety, affordable housing, transit, and economic development. 

Council Member Reece Table

We felt that we accomplished the goal for the sessions of allowing residents to dive deep on a topic and provide ideas and solutions to community issues. There were a lot of terrific ideas shared that will inform our refresh of the strategic plan and our budget process. We can’t thank the residents who came out enough and we especially want to thank the staff at Durham County and Durham Public Schools who made this event possible and were willing to try something new with engagement.

BMS staff is currently compiling the feedback provided at all three meetings and will share the results at the March 16 City Council Budget Retreat. Information will also be posted to the website. For more information on the conversations call Budget & Management Services: 919-560-4111 or read the News Release

Photos from the Community Conversations:

Report Out

Presentations from the Community Conversations: 

Public SafetyHousing, Transit & HealthEducation & Economic Development