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Community Members in “Without Sanctuary” discussion at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
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Civic engagement is a philosophy, discipline, and practice defined as “a continuous, dynamic conversation with the public on many levels that reinforces public commitment to the preservation of heritage resources.” More specifically, civic engagement is about creating, facilitating, and maintaining relationships with communities of interest, both near and far.

Director's Order #75A on Civic Engagement and Public Involvement (pdf) sets forth the policy commitment of the National Park Service to civic engagement and describes the distinctions between civic engagement and public involvement. The order was first signed in 2003 and was renewed in 2007.

See also section 1.7 on civic engagement in Management Policies 2006 (pdf).

For more information on civic engagement policy, contact:
Marcia Keener
Office of Policy

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