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.

Contact Us - New Location of Program Office!

See the 2017 CPO Directory for complete contact and meeting information for all CPOs, including Community Engagement Program staff information.

The CPO Program Office has moved to a temporary location during the construction of seismic upgrades to the Public Services Building. The Program and all Community Engagement staff will be at this location for a period of about two years. The address is: 254 N First Avenue, MS20, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Phone and email contacts have not changed.

News and Updates

Join CPO 6 in welcoming Metro Councilors Kathryn Harrington and Craig Dirksen.

Release date: 03/23/2017
7 p.m., Thursday, Apr. 6 / CPO 6 welcomes Metro Councilors Kathryn Harrington and Craig Dirksen.

Committee for Community Involvement - 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Release date: 03/14/2017
The Washington County Committee for Community Involvement meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Main topic: Transportation Futures Study public comments. Location: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Community Room, 20665 SW Blanton Street, Aloha.