Engaging and inclusive communities provide opportunities for residents to take part in planning and decision-making and stay connected. To promote and support that concept, the City Council created a framework to help connect businesses, organizations, and individuals who want to improve their city and get involved in their community.
Strengthen Golden Valley
The City of Golden Valley is only as strong as its residents make it. That’s why the City offers options ranging from serving on advisory bodies to volunteering to providing input and opinions. If you’re looking to spend some of your free time strengthening Golden Valley, check out the opportunities below.
The strength of a community is based on how well it reflects the goals and aspirations of its people. Envision Golden Valley inspired citizens to contemplate the meaning of community, then come together with ideas and a vision for the long-term future of Golden Valley. The document continues to guide planning for City and community initiatives.
Soliciting public input is a major component of the City of Golden Valley’s community engagement efforts.
Project-Related Input Opportunities
When the City Council considers proposed policies and projects, the process includes opportunities for the public to share thoughts and provide feedback.
Tools include surveys, comment forms, interactive story maps, public forums and open houses, email, and social media outreach, and more. Results from all input methods are compiled into Community Input Reports and published for public review. The City Council uses the information in the Community Input Reports when making decisions.
Statistically Valid Community Surveys
What do Golden Valley residents think of their city and the services their tax dollars buy? To keep track over the years, the City Council commissioned the Morris Leatherman Company (formerly Decision Resources, Ltd) to conduct community surveys in 1995, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2013, and 2016. Each time, professional interviewers polled 400 residents by telephone on a variety of community issues.
These statistically valid random sample surveys yield results applicable to the entire spectrum of Golden Valley residents within plus or minus five percentage points in 95 out of 100 cases, according to Morris Leatherman. Morris Leatherman's clients include more than 30 other cities in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, including Plymouth, Maple Grove, Edina, Eden Prairie, St Louis Park, Crystal, New Hope, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Burnsville, Richfield, Woodbury, and Eagan, to name a few. The group also does work for school districts and corporations.
Several grassroots initiatives and organizations partner with the City of Golden Valley to connect the community and provide opportunities to serve.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting military service members and their families with community support, training, services, and resources.
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities is a grassroots citizen group that engages the communities of Golden Valley, Crystal, New Hope, and Robbinsdale in support of military members, veterans, and their families. It joins nearly 200 Minnesota cities, counties, and businesses already proclaimed Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
Bridge Builders included people, institutions, organizations, or businesses who want to connect with others to improve the community or share similar interests.
Starting with ideas from Envision Golden Valley, Bridge Builders planted seeds for several initiatives that are blossoming today. One is the Golden Valley Community Foundation, which continues the Bridge Builders' mission.
"Golden Valley Reads," a joint venture between the City of Golden Valley and Hennepin County Library - Golden Valley, seeks to encourage Golden Valley residents to read one book together each year.
The Hennepin County Library is not hosting a Golden Valley Reads program in 2021.