Austin's greatest asset is its people: passionate about our city, committed to its improvement, and determined to see this vision become a reality. Because of participation from the great people of Austin, the Imagine Austin visioning process was named a national best practice by the Alliance for Innovation for Building a Community Vision with Sustained Community Engagement.
Austinites Shaping the Plan
Austin's greatest asset is its people. With this in mind, public participation has been and continues to be the lifeblood of the Imagine Austin plan. In fact, more than 18,500 ideas and contributions from Austinites have helped shape the plan. Public participation in Imagine Austin moved in four main segments, called Community Forum Series, with numerous smaller meetings and opportunities throughout Austin.
Each Community Forum Series featured different combinations of public meetings, surveys, and opportunities for the public to hold their meetings in their own time and place. As much as possible, participants were asked to provide demographic information. Staff, the consultant team, and the Citizens Advisory Task Force monitored gaps in participation and worked to engage underrepresented communities throughout the process. Below is a summary of public participation: