Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Three Cities Named Winners of CML's Civics Awareness Program

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Three Cities Named Winners of CML's Civics Awareness Program

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The Colorado Municipal League (CML) developed the Civics Awareness Program to recognize municipalities in Colorado that promote civic awareness in their communities.

On Thursday, June 24, CML announced the winners of the 2004 Civics Awareness Program Awards at its annual conference, held in Steamboat Springs.

These three exceptional programs are detailed below along with contact information.

Basalt's Plan for Civic Engagement

The Town of Basalt won for its "Civic Engagement and Social Capital," a detailed plan for how the town solicits and uses citizen involvement in its major governing decisions.

The model is highly citizen-driven, focusing on a "horizontal relationship of reciprocity and cooperation, not a vertical relationship of dependency and authority."

The keystone of the "building social capital" initiative in the master plan is a broad citizen committee structure that focuses on nearly all the major aspects of the local government.

In the past two years, more than 10 percent of the town's population has been involved in a least one town citizen committee.

The town has discovered that the volunteers have brought immense creativity and problem-solving to the table, enhancing programs and policies while engendering trust in the policy-making process.

The plan also recognizes the importance of thanking and acknowledging its volunteers and includes Community Service Acknowledgment Awards.

Details: For more information about this program, contact Kay Philip, Director of Community Relations & Communications at 970- 927-4701.

Fort Collins Teams Up for Radio Broadcast

Community at Work is a weekly radio program hosted on a rotating basis by the City of Fort Collins, Larimer County and the Health District of Northern Larimer County.

The program "spotlights the issues that affect their communities by providing a closer look at the public agencies that serve them. …

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