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Learn More About Our Engagement Efforts

We want you to be involved! We also want you to WANT to be involved and feel valued.

Community engagement is an essential part of any transportation project at East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC). Good community engagement can help residents advocate for what they need, understand why projects are happening, and improve safety on the roadways, whether in a car, in a bus, on bike, or on foot.

Historically, marginalized communities have been excluded from transportation planning efforts and decision-making, which has resulted in less access to safe, comfortable, and convenient transportation. ECWRPC wants to address these past wrongs and help prevent local governments from perpetuating past harms in future planning efforts.

Additionally, community engagement efforts for transportation projects often attract people who are already comfortable interacting with government agencies and have time and resources to attend engagement opportunities at their leisure. This often means people who are most impacted by a project are not able to have the opportunity to express their opinions and provide feedback. ECWRPC wants to be intentional in engaging community members who are diverse in age, race, ability, language, and have different life experiences.

So, what are we going to do about it?

ECWRPC is developing our first Equity in Community Engagement Toolkit and Guidebook. This toolkit will include engagement types, methods, and strategies that improve how ECWRPC and local communities engage with community members. The toolkit will be focused on making sure that those who have been excluded in past engagement efforts are able to engage in the future in a way that is comfortable, inclusive, and convenient, no matter who they are. Equity and environmental justice will be fundamental pieces of the toolkit.

When will the toolkit be ready?

We are hoping that the Equitable Engagement Toolkit will be ready for ECWRPC and its partners to use in the fall. We will be working with community partners throughout the summer to get the word out, pilot the toolkit on a few projects, and train ECWRPC and local municipal staff on how to use the toolkit.

I’m pumped. Can I help?

Yes! Thanks for asking. The first step in making community engagement more equitable and inclusive is listening. We want to hear from you – How would you like to be engaged? Tell us your thoughts by heading to https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6858086/ECWRPC-Equity-in-Community-Engagement-Survey (English) or https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6883901/ECWRPC-Equity-in-Community-Engagement-Survey-Spanish (Spanish) to take a 5-minute survey on community engagement.

In addition, if you know individuals or a group you think would be interested in talking with ECWRPC about what they’d like to see in the toolkit, please contact Kim Biedermann at kbiedermann@ecwrpc.org or 920.886.6833, and we will be in touch.

WE’RE HIRING – Senior Planner – Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Senior Planner – Safe Routes to School Coordinator Applications Application Deadline: Open until filled (First review of applications will be on June 6, 2022) Interested applicants should submit an employment application, cover letter, a resume, and one writing sample to: Leann Buboltz Administrative Coordinator lbuboltz@ecwrpc.org Subject Line: Senior Planner Position A confirmation email will be sentContinue Reading

WE’RE HIRING – GIS Analyst I

GIS Analyst I Applications Application Deadline: Open until filled (First review of applications will be on May 31, 2022) Interested applicants should submit an employment application, cover letter, a resume, and two GIS projects or map samples to: Leann Buboltz Administrative Coordinator lbuboltz@ecwrpc.org Subject Line: GIS Analyst I Position A confirmation email will be sentContinue Reading

Transportation Technical Assistance Program Information

East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission’s (ECWRPC) new Transportation Technical Assistance Program aims to help communities identify issues and plan to make their roadways safer, more accessible, and more comfortable for everybody. This technical assistance program will utilize an application-based selection process to provide solutions-based technical assistance to communities seeking to address a particular issueContinue Reading

High Cliff Connection Project Page

The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC), in partnership with municipalities in the Fox Cities, is completing study for a new pedestrian / bicycle route along the northern edge of Lake Winnebago, linking communities to High Cliff State Park. The study will consider accessibility, route types, land impacts, intersection crossings, amenities, and links toContinue Reading

We want your input! ECWRPC Comprehensive Plan 2045 Survey

We want to hear from you! What makes our region special? Your answers will assist the Commission in updating its Regional Comprehensive Plan. Please take a few minutes to complete the 2045 Comprehensive Plan survey –  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ECWRPC2045 More information about the plan can be found here – https://www.ecwrpc.org/programs/comprehensive-planning/2045-regional-comprehensive-plan/  

Now Accepting Main Street Bounceback Grant Applications

The Main Street Bounceback Grants program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. The program is open to new or existingContinue Reading

ECWRPC is seeking your input on enhancing transportation in the Fox Cities and Oshkosh

East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) is seeking feedback for two of its plans: the Congestion Management Process Plan and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. A Congestion Management Process Plan (CMP) addresses strategies to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion on area roadways in urbanized areas of more than 200,000 people. Last updated inContinue Reading

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