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!

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. For more information on how to reach your CPO or the Community Engagement Program staff, see the Winter 2017 CPO Contacts & Meetings Directory (.pdf - corrected 2/15/17).

News and Updates

Join CPO 6 at their March meeting.

Release date: 02/22/2017
7 p.m., Monday, Mar. 2 / Get an update from Willamette Water Supply Program about the new proposed pipeline route. Also hear from Tualatin Valley Water District on their services and projects.

Join CPO 4M at their February meeting.

Release date: 02/14/2017
7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22 / Find out from TriMet senior planner Tom Mills about the new bus line to go through downtown Metzger and Tigard.