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ILG Offers New Public Engagement Resources to Engage the Broader Community

December 16, 2011

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has several new online publications to help local officials successfully apply public engagement and collaborative approaches to inform and shape local government policies and actions. 



Effective and inclusive public engagement can lead to improved local agency decision making, a more informed, involved and supportive community, innovative and cost effective services, and greater trust and confidence in local government.   
To help local officials respond to changing demographics and ensure more inclusive participation, ILG offers these resources: 
Ten Ideas to Encourage Immigrant Engagement. This two-page tip sheet includes ideas gathered from communities throughout California to help local officials successfully engage their immigrant residents. Also available is Beyond the Usuals: Ideas to Encourage Broader Public Engagement in Community Decision-making.
Language Access Laws and Legal Issues: A Local Official's Guide. This guide explains the laws that require language access in order to ensure that limited English-proficient residents have access to public benefits and services and an opportunity to participate in public life. 
Collaborative Strategies for Day Labor Centers. This guide will assist local officials, immigrant-serving organizations, day labor center planners and leaders, and others to understand how collaborative relationships, partnerships and processes can assist in the successful development and operations of a day labor center.  ILG is grateful to the Zellerbach Family Foundation for its support of day labor center-related research and webpages. 
ILG’s Public Engagement program provides information and resources to help local officials in California make good decisions about the design and use of effective public engagement, including immigrant engagement and integration strategies. Find how-to guides and tip sheets, best practices, local stories and video presentation from throughout the state.
ILG encourages review and feedback of its resources by local officials and experts in the field. Please contact Terry Amsler at tamsler@ca-ilg.org to provide feedback.

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