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 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

Representative Margaret Doherty to provide CPO 4M with an update on the 2017 Oregon Legislature accomplishments.

Release date: 07/21/2017
7 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 / CPO 4M will host Representative Margaret Doherty and Ruby Buchholz with the Tualatin River Keepers. Get a legislative update plus learn about wetlands and Significant Natural Resource Areas.

CPO 13 hosts Representative Susan McLain on July 12.

Release date: 07/05/2017
7 p.m., Wednesday, July 12 / Come hear from your community's State representative from House District 29. Get an update on education, transportation, and other topics as the legislative session wraps up.