The County of Arlington Virginia recently launched its new Participation, Leadership and Civic Engagement (PLACE) initiative. The goal is a more focused strategy of reaching out to residents beyond formal meetings:
The recently started “Open Door Mondays” sessions are a part of the effort. Hynes says it shows that the County Board is really interested in hearing from residents. The sessions allow leaders to gather suggestions and ideas from people who may not have an interest in attending formal board meetings. . .
Hynes said the county appreciates all of the existing participation from the public, but it’s often limited to a few very active members. She said the current level of involvement isn’t necessarily representative of Arlington as a whole, and could benefit from some refreshing. For example, she’d like to see more young people and seniors becoming engaged in their communities and offering input.
You can read more about the initiative here.