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Civic Health Initiative

Civic Health is a measure of the civic, social, and political strength of a community.  CG3 believes that improving the civic health of our city leads to the increased well-being of residents, an expanded capacity to solve problems, and greater transparency and fairness of our municipality.

Civic Health


Since our launch in March of 2022, we have learned that getting involved in local politics is easy in some ways and daunting in others. Committee, City Council and School Board meetings are open to the public. You can just show up and listen.  It’s exciting to discover the many city employees, citizen volunteers and consulting experts that work on all kinds of issues that affect our daily lives. As we continue to learn what it takes to get involved and discover obstacles to doing so, we work hard to share our discoveries and lessons with the broader community. We also reach up and across to our city leaders to let them know ways that we believe they can be more inclusive to citizens they aren’t reaching. Our end goal is to help all citizens get involved and realize their individual power to make a difference.

Here are a handful of tools we’ve found really helpful in getting involved. Don’t hesitate to attend meetings and just observe. So much can be learned while being a “fly on the wall.”

City of Concord's online tools for public engagement:


CG3 encourages community members to engage in local government and participate in the decision-making processes that impact their lives.  We offer have a mailing list of over 3,000 community members who receive news, updates and announcements regarding local issues related to smart growth, equitable develoment, and local climate action.  We have a Facebook Group and public page to the same end.  We partner with local organizations to reach out to, and empower, underrepresented individuals and communities to bring their critical and often unheard voices to the table.

Currently, we are working with the city to address issues around public engagement. 
In 2022, we organized a two-part community-wide workshop aimed at helping Concord citizens communicate with the Concord School Board around the building of a middle school.  In August of 2023, we continued the workshop efforts with the School Board and offered a listening session with translators and materials printed in multiple languages.  At the City's new DEIJB committee meeting series, we advocated for the City to update their website to make information more user-friendly, accessible, and to improve translation services. 

In 2024, we offered a 3 part series of listening sessions called "
Looking @ Loudon Road" to enable community members to share their thoughts and concerns on safety, livability and economic development along the Loudon Road Corridor.

Change happens when ordinary people show up with compassion and courage.  Watch this brief video and check out the opportunities to engage in our local government below. 

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Attend Regular Committee Meetings

Every City and School District committee, board and commission invites the public to attend their meetings and make public comment.  This is an incredible way to learn about, and weigh in on, critical projects that effect you and the community.  CG3 members regularly attend committee meetings & share relevant news and information with our wider community through our blog.

Officially Join a Board, Committee, or Commission

Currently, there are multiple vacancies on boards and commissions.  Concord needs YOU to fill these critical seats! 

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Run for City Council or School Board

City Council members are democratically elected and act as the legislative branch and policy-making body of the city government. The Council looks to the city's goals, major projects and infrastructure improvements ranging from community growth to land use to finances and strategic planning.


School board members are the unsung heroes in communities throughout the country. They establish the vision and goals for the public schools in their district, and they set standards for the performance of schools and superintendents. School board members are elected by people in their community to represent their values, views, and desires for the public schools in their district.  Board members are more than policy-makers and administrators; they are advocates for students and their parents and entrusted to engineer a better future.

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