The City and County of Durham are drafting a long-range plan (called the Comprehensive Plan) that will shape how the City and County grows. This includes how we prioritize the spending of public dollars. But we cannot build a successful plan without first knowing the priorities and concerns of folks in Durham – including you!
We invite you to join or nominate someone to participate on the Outreach Team. This group of diverse individuals will help plan our community engagement to ensure that we hear from all communities. The City of Durham recently drafted an Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint. This Blueprint prioritizes engagement with communities that have been historically underrepresented and excluded in decision making. This Outreach Team is one step in improving our engagement methods, using the Blueprint.
Some Outreach Team members will be asked to serve as Ambassadors because they are uniquely connected to underserved communities. Their relationships and knowledge of the community will help to ensure diverse representation. Ambassadors will be compensated for their work.
We have created a form to show your interest in participating in the Outreach Team, or to nominate someone you know who will help us engage all sectors of the Durham community. The online version of the form can be found here: https://durhamnc.gov/3786/The-Durham-Comprehensive-Plan. The form is available in both English and Spanish. Paper copies of the form will be available at each of the operating Durham County Library branches beginning on June 10th. Responses can be submitted through the online form, emailed, mailed, or dropped off in person through June 28th.