Transition Milestone

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sponsored by: County Administrative Office, Community Engagement Division

County Launches Website for Community Participation Organizations

New CPO Website

Washington County launched a new set of web pages this month to support Community Participation Organizations (CPOs) countywide. The step is part of a programmatic transition that has shifted administrative support for CPOs from OSU Extension Service to the Washington County organization and becomes a cornerstone of the County Administrative Office's new Community Engagement Program.

The new website can be found at:

The site includes:

"Transitioning the CPO program management from OSU Extension to Washington County brings a host of potential benefits including a web presence that is integrated with Washington County's web environment," said Mike Dahlstrom, the program's new manager. "The CPOs are a key element of the County's goal to expand and improve public participation, and a stronger web presence will help us move toward that goal."

Changes to the County's public engagement program were prompted in the fall of 2014 when OSU Extension Service announced that it would no longer provide administrative support to the CPOs. In response, after an extensive community advisory process, the Board of County Commissioners brought the CPO Program into the County Administrative Office as the cornerstone of a new Community Engagement Program. More information on the transition can be found at the Transition Team's website.

Media Contact:

Philip Bransford, Communications Officer