Community Participation Organization (CPO) Program

Part of Washington County's mission is to encourage meaningful participation in community activities and County governance. The CPO Program plays a large role in an overall effort by the County to fulfill this mission.

For over 40 years, the program has provided residents the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process of local and county government through regional organizations called "Community Participation Organizations". Most people know them as "CPOs".

What are CPOs?

CPOs are organizations led by volunteers elected by members of the communities they serve. CPOs encourage and empower public involvement by providing a place for community members to:

  • Come together to learn about and discuss issues in a comfortable forum.
     
  • Get unbiased information about issues relating to local and County services for transportation, parks and trails, housing and business developments, public health, safety, emergency planning, schools, libraries and other matters affecting the livability of their community.
     
  • Interact with decision makers including local government and agency representatives, elected officials, and community leaders.
     
  • Engage as a group in an advisory role to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

All residents and business owners in Washington County are welcome! There are many ways to participate: attend your CPO community meetings and events; provide decision makers with your input on timely issues; become a CPO volunteer; and/or volunteer at an event, on a committee, commission, advisory council or commission. Get started by finding your CPO in your neighborhood and signing up to receive CPO meeting notices, news and updates.

How to Reach Us

See the 2017 CPO Directory (updated September 2017) for contact and meeting information for active CPOs, with Community Engagement Program staff information.

Community Engagement Program office: We moved in early 2017 as construction of seismic upgrades to the Public Services Building began. For about two years our staff will be housed in what is called the Public Services Annex, located at 254 N First Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

News and Updates

Upcoming Community Participation Organization meetings: CPOs 4K and 4M

Release date: 09/19/2017
Here’s what’s happening at a number of upcoming CPO meetings. Join us to stay informed and be involved with Washington County neighbors, community members and officials.

Upcoming Community Participation Organization meetings: CPOs 3, 4B, 15

Release date: 09/14/2017
Here’s what’s happening at a number of upcoming CPO meetings. Join us to stay informed and be involved with Washington County neighbors, community members and officials.