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How Young Professionals Can Actively Engage in City Government

Written by: Edmond City Councilman Tom Robins

Edmond Young Professional Leaders, your unique perspectives and innovative ideas play a pivotal role in making our city an even better place to live, work, and thrive.

Let’s explore how you can actively engage in local government and the positive changes that can result.

Understanding the Importance of City Government Engagement:

City government is the foundation of our community, making decisions that directly impact our daily lives. Getting involved allows young professionals to contribute to the development and growth of Edmond, influencing policies and initiatives that shape the city’s future whether it’s addressing infrastructure, public safety, community development, or economic issues, your input matters.

Attend City Council Meetings and Workshops:

This city is run by those who choose to show up. Start by attending city council meetings and workshops typically held before Council meetings to familiarize yourself with local governance.

Look at the agenda and come ready to ask a question or share your perspective, support, or concern. This is a great way to gain insight into ongoing projects, proposed policies, and community concerns. You can voice your opinions and contribute to the decision-making process by actively participating in these sessions.

Join City Boards and Committees:

Many cities, including Edmond, have various boards and committees covering planning, parks and recreation, and economic development. These platforms allow young professionals to lend their expertise and contribute to specific areas of interest. Consider applying to join a board or committee that aligns with your passion and skills.

Network with Local Leaders:

Building connections with local leaders and government officials can open doors for collaboration and advocacy. Establishing these connections can enhance your understanding of local issues and create opportunities for your input to be heard.

Promote Civic Education and Engagement:

Young professionals can play a crucial role in promoting civic education and engagement within their peer groups. Be a source of information for your neighbors and peers. Are you interested in a particular city issue? Organize informational sessions, workshops, or forums on the issue to educate others about the importance of local government and how they can actively participate.

Encourage fellow professionals to become informed and engaged citizens. Ask the Mayor and City Council members to participate in what you organize.

Utilize Social Media and Online Platforms:

Leverage social media and online platforms to amplify your voice and engage with the community. Share information about local government initiatives, community events, and opportunities for involvement. Utilize these platforms to connect with other young professionals with similar interests in shaping the city’s future. Find answers and provide the sources with extra links for people to go deeper. You will soon be a go-to in the community of someone who knows the many projects that impact the city.

As young professionals in Edmond, your active involvement in city government is a valuable opportunity for personal and professional growth and a means to contribute to the vibrant future of our community.

Engage with Edmond! 

By attending meetings, joining committees, networking with local leaders, promoting civic education, and utilizing online platforms, you can impact the city of Edmond.

Let’s work together to create positive change and build a city that reflects the input of its growing, dynamic, young professional community.

Please reach out anytime.

Tom Robins Edmond City Councilor Ward 1

Thomas.robins@edmondok.gov

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