The ability of community members to engage with each other in productive ways, even when they may disagree, is at the heart of democratic public life. To create the kinds of communities we want to live in, investment in learning the skills that enable citizens to do the work of citizens is essential.
Voter turnout in local elections is often much lower than in national elections, especially among minorities and young people. What can communities do to encourage higher levels of voter participation?
Resident engagement has played a central role in efforts to revitalize the Village of Silverton after years of economic stagnation and community decline.