UW-Extension and the Door County Civility Project will hold the workshop “Engaging the Public When Things Get Challenging and Emotions are High” on Oct. 6. There will be two sessions: 1:30-3:30 pm, Jacksonport Town Hall, 3365 County V; and 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Nasewaupee Town Hall, 3388 County Road PD. These sessions will help local elected officials and members of the public understand why, when, and how to engage with one another when the local issues are complex and/or hold the potential to generate conflict. Tempers can flare and policy discussion can become challenging, even contentious. Concepts and strategies will be outlined for creating and sustaining an environment in which local officials and citizens can effectively deliberate and act on local issues. Participants will be introduced to a number of resources, one of which is the Public Engagement Planning Tool (PEP Tool), developed by Bill Rizzo to help local units of government (counties, cities, villages, towns and school boards) develop effective public engagement strategies.
Elected officials and members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend; registration is not required, but is appreciated for planning purposes. Register for this free workshop at 920.495.6156, [email protected] or doorcountycivilityproject.org.