ENGAGEDurham is an engagement initiative to ensure all Durham voices are involved in City and County projects. It is a pilot to coordinate equitable engagement efforts on multiple City and County projects, informed by the City’s Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint. The primary focus of this coordinated effort are two major, multi-year projects: the new Durham Comprehensive Plan and the updated Durham County Transit Plan. Additional projects, from departments across the City and County, may be brought into this engagement initiative as they engage the community. We anticipate that the ENGAGEDurham pilot will continue coordinated engagement efforts beyond the scope of these specific projects in the future.
As a pilot effort we recognize that we are trying new things and have much to learn along the way. We may not get it right the first time but we will keep listening, learning, and adapting our approach as we go. In the future, we anticipate that the ENGAGEDurham pilot will continue to coordinate engagement efforts beyond the scope of these specific projects. We are working to develop new engagement methods that prioritize racial equity and ensuring those who have been historically excluded from decision-making will have a voice.