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Hillsboro city officials, volunteers get national recognition for vision

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For the second time since 2000, the city of Hillsboro has been nationally recognized for demonstrating proactive community engagement and adherence to public involvement.

Given annually by the International Association for Public Participation USA (IAP2), the 2016 Organization of the Year award is directly connected to the city’s “Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan” and long-standing visioning program, which both serve as public participation models throughout the United States and abroad, according to city spokesman Patrick Preston.

In 2002, the city received the organization’s Project of the Year award for the Hillsboro 2020 Vision and Action Plan, which was adopted in 2000.

The awarding panel of judges cited the city’s continued efforts to involve its community in helping to shape the way Hillsboro should grow and evolve, Preston said, as well as the successful recruitment of local organizations that partner in implementing the chosen plans.

The 2035 Community Plan, adopted in 2015, is the city’s renewed twenty-year vision and action plan, created with input from over 5,000 community members. “We have seen this city come together time and again to accomplish unbelievable feats,” Mayor Jerry Willey said in a statement. “The City’s Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan is the result of tremendous community leadership, strong partner commitments and a fully-supportive City Council. On behalf of our community members and partners, we are very grateful and proud of this recognition.”