Communication between citizens, government focus of study

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WALLA WALLA — Community Council will begin a new study, “Improving Communication among Citizens and Government,” on Wednesday, noon-1:30 p.m., at the YWCA, 121 E. Birth St.

Douglas Carlsen will chair the six-month session. The focus of the study will be to explore how effective communication and cooperation among government agencies and citizens can help ensure understanding and approach to regional and community challenges.

Residents of the region between Burbank and Dayton and from the Snake River to Milton-Freewater are encouraged to participate.

The study management team includes Christian Bell, Nancy Butler, Linda Eki, Linda Moats, Ralph Perkins, Damien Sinnott, Carlos Virgen and Bob Withycombe.

Among other things, the study will explore how citizen involvement influences government; explore internal and external government communication streams; identify effective communication techniques to empower both government and the public and recommend ways to improve communication among citizens and government entities.

Community Council was organized in 2008 to inspire a citizen-driven, consensus-based, problem-solving process to prepare the region for future growth, change, and challenges and to enhance the quality of life for everyone.

This will be the fourth citizen-driven community study. Each research-analysis-recommendation phase is followed by a two-year effort to implement the committee’s recommendations.

Previous study topics include “Enhancing the Educational Attainment of Our Region’s Children”, “Value-Added Agriculture” and “Reducing Gang Membership through Prevention.”

For more information call Julie Reese at 509-540-6720, or visit www.wwcommunitycouncil.org.

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