Citizen Participation Program

Citizen Participation Program

The City of Birmingham established the Citizen Participation Program in 1975 as a means of involving its citizens more directly and continuously in its community development efforts. The Citizen Participation Program is designed to achieve improved communication, understanding, and cooperation between Birmingham citizens and city officials through increased personal contact between City Hall and neighborhoods and communities throughout the City. The whole system of 99 neighborhood associations grew out of this concept.

More specifically, the goals of the program include the following:

1. To provide a system whereby citizens are elected to represent the geographic areas and the social, ethnic, and economic groups across the city.
2. To provide for continuing, direct access to the Mayor, the City Council, and other city officials in order to increase citizen input and involvement in community improvement efforts in Birmingham.
3. To provide citizens with timely and current information concerning:

a. Public resources
b. Plans and programs for the utilization of these resources
c. Other activities and events of importance to citizens.

4. To provide city officials with timely and current information about citizen feelings concerning:

a. Community problems, plans and projects and their relative priorities
b. Self-help community development action being carried out by citizens
c. Recommendations by the City

The CAB meets the third Monday of each month at City Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall at 7 p.m. except for December and January.

More details about the Citizen Participation Program and the Citizens Advisory Board may be found in the Citizens Participation Plan approved May 14 2013.

Community Resource Representative for Highland Park Neighborhood: Gregory Jones, 287-8191, gregory.jones@birminghamal.gov