We are listening!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our online open house, community survey, virtual briefings, listening sessions, and other outreach avenues. The interest and feedback is truly outstanding. We heard this community wants the transportation problems with the Interstate Bridge addressed, and that you want to be involved in the process!
Below is a summary of these outreach efforts.
Focused listening sessions
Moderated listening sessions are one of the tools the program is using to engage with members of the community. In March, the program held four listening sessions - two sessions inviting youth ages 16-24 to share their feedback, and two sessions focused on elevating the voices of equity from communities of concern. A few of the highlights that we heard during these sessions included prioritizing environmental considerations, collaboration on both sides of the river, ensuring accessibility for all travelers, and building a structure that the community will be proud to have in our region for many years in the future. The need for accessible communications that reach broad audiences was a recurring theme, and will influence our communications approach as we continue to engage with the community.
Check out the live captioning graphics to see more highlights of what people shared during these sessions!
Elevating the Voices of Equity
Youth Listening Session
The IBR program is committed to centering equity. Centering equity means elevating the voices of historically marginalized communities throughout our processes and ensuring that these communities can realize the program’s economic and transportation benefits. It also means not furthering continued harm to these communities.
A key piece of this effort to center equity is the establishment of an Equity Advisory Group in tandem with a Community Advisory Group and Executive Steering Group. The Equity Advisory Group makes recommendations directly to the Program Administrator. Beyond the Equity Advisory Group, the program team and leadership are committed to applying an equity lens in all community engagement activities. This will help us better understand the potential distribution of benefits and burdens, identify ways to address inequities and elevate the voices of those who have historically been excluded from major public projects.
Our commitment to inclusive engagement
Community engagement efforts will seek to provide extensive, inclusive and ongoing opportunities for meaningful two-way communication with stakeholders that prioritizes:
The key goals of community engagement efforts will include:
- Seek feedback from a diverse range of stakeholders
- Include underrepresented and/or underserved populations
- Embrace innovation
- Uplift all voices
- Demonstrate accountability through transparency and feedback
- Achieve trust among partner agencies and the community
The program is planning numerous activities throughout 2021 to seek public feedback and engage the public in a variety of ways. Please visit this site often for updates and connect with us using the following options.
Sign up for the IBR Program mailing list to receive periodic communications about the program via email.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Attend an Equity Advisory Group, Community Advisory Group and Executive Steering Group meeting; all meetings are open to the public. Meeting dates and times, materials and participation information are posted in the events calendar.
In response to the Washington and Oregon governor’s direction to help slow and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all engagement will be held virtually until further notice. We are committed to maintaining accessibility and transparency for all virtual engagement and public meetings. We are aware of the technological barriers that virtual engagement may have on local communities, especially communities of color. We will be culturally responsive and intentional about addressing barriers to engagement by using a racial equity lens, implementing virtual best practices, and being responsive to the guidance from local community-based organizations, community leaders and program partners.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting:
- Oregon: Call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900
- Washington: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-362-4ADA (4232)
- Relay Service: Call 7-1-1
It is the IBR program’s policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its programs and activities. For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact email@example.com or 360-905-1560.