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.
For more information:
Contact your CPO or the CPO Program office. View or download the CPO Directory to find contacts and meeting information.