The Commonwealth of Burnsville, Minnesota
Burnville's local government openly encourages and facilitates citizen involvement in public management contributing to a commonwealth-style community which emphasizes the public rather than private good.
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Problems and Purpose
Thanks in large part to the effors of Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz, the suburban community of Burnsville, Minnesota openly encourages and facilitates citizen involvement in public management. Local officials' prioritization of community involvement actively contributes to and supports a 'commonwealth' style community.
Background History and Context
From her earliest mayor's race, Elizabeth Kautz ran on the platform of "I can't solve the public problems of Burnsville, but we have many problems, and the mayor can convene, catalyze, and otherwise encourage citizen participation." Kautz was first elected Mayor in 1994 and re-elected in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Multiple solutions and stategies, nationally recognized. She has overseen a process of public agency redesign.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
Secondary Image: Elizabeth Krautz https://bit.ly/2WP1RJR