Community Connections: A Forum for Community Leaders

Partnering with the Community Relations Office of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington, the PDC designed and facilitated a conference for 40 leaders in the Tri-Cities area. In a three-day event, participants worked to develop visions for a better community and establish networks for action. PDC also held concurrent public-issues facilitation training to build capacity amongst the participants for their ongoing efforts in their communities. The event took place in June, 1998, and 1999 was deemed “The Year of the Child” as another outcome of this gathering. A follow-up conference was held the following year. As part of this project, local facilitators were trained in PDC methods and assisted in facilitating the two annual events.