Public Engagement & Results

Phase 1 Public Engagement
From late summer of 2016 through spring of 2017, the 2040 Thriving Communities Council & Benton County staff scheduled and participated in several public engagement efforts, including Listening Sessions, online surveys, and reviewing community plans. The goal was to gain public input on what people like about Benton County, what communities want the County be like by 2040, and how do we all get there. The result was getting about 9,000 comments from 3,400 people. For more information about Phase 1 and the results, you can review the following documents: 
     * Phase 1 Public Engagement Factsheet
     * Phase 1 Public Engagement Results Overview

Phase 1 Report Outs
At the conclusion of Phase 1, 2040 Council members and staff scheduled 6 Report Outs throughout the County: Adair Village, Corvallis (2), Philomath, Alsea, and Monroe. The presentations provided an overview of the Phase 1 process and results. As the presentations were almost identical, you can review PowerPoint slides here:
     * Corvallis Phase 1 Report Out
     * Monroe Phase 1 Report Out

Phase 2 Public Re-engagement Process
A core message of the Phase 1 Listening Sessions & online surveys was that the 2040 Council and staff would go back and re-engage the public to ensure the Core Values identified from the responses were appropriate. The 2040 Council kept that promise, and conducted additional Listening Sessions and opened an online survey for public input. After reviewing comments, edits were in fact made to the draft Core Values. The 2040 Council formally approved the final language of the Core Values, which can be found here. For more information about Phase 2 , you can review the following document:
     * Phase 2 Public Engagement Factsheet