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Dialing for Citizens

…up 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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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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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 questions…

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What Brand Is Your City?

…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 create…

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Getting Power by Giving It Away

Read an excerpt from this article below. You can download the full article by using the link at the end of the excerpt. Delray Beach is a small city on Florida’s Atlantic coast,…

Our Contributing Writers

Our Contributing Writers

…written multiple articles for the Planning Commissioners Journal. Our thanks especially to: Joel Russell; Wendy Grey; Carolyn Braun; Gwendolyn Hallsmith; Otis White; Randall Arendt; Ilene Watson; and the late Jack McCall. You can find their…