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Dialing for Citizens

…on the phone trees in an instant. But they don't. End of excerpt … Otis White continues by describing how to organize an effective phone tree, and some things to watch out for.  …

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

…How much of a difference can one planning commissioner make? Quite a bit, as Otis White explains in this story about a county planning commissioner from Oregon….

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Should You Run?

…Have you considered running for office after finishing your service as a planning commissioner or zoning board member? Otis White, consultant to local governments and corporations on community involvement and civic leadership, explores what…

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Gaining Legitimacy

…With local power structures breaking down, Otis White examines how commissioners and other public officials can gain "legitimacy" in the eyes of the public….

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What Brand Is Your City?

…a Q&A page on its web site explaining what the new brand means and how it can be used. Some interesting observations on branding come from Otis White of Civic Strategies: it’s infinitely harder to…

Our Contributing Writers

Our Contributing Writers

Use the drop down menu above or the links below to learn about our primary contributing writers — both in the Planning Commissioners Journal and on the PlannersWeb. Michael Chandler — Elaine Cogan — Greg Dale — Laurence Gerckens Beth Humstone — Ed McMahon — Della Rucker — The Segedys — Kennedy … Continued