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Would you like to be more engaged in your local community? Are you willing to help us learn more about the things that are important to you, your neighbors, and other Durham residents? Register now to join us for Community Conversations


The 2024 Community Conversations will focus on budget priorities for the upcoming 2024-2025 fiscal year. This is an opportunity to help City officials better understand YOUR priorities for City spending. Conversations will be facilitated by ETR Services of Durham. Conversations will be guided by the City of Durham’s Strategic Plan.  

In-person conversations

Registration is requested to help us plan. You can register for any session using this link: 

Dates and locations for in-person sessions: 

Each in-person session will provide: 

  • A $50 gift card for attendees 16 and over. Participants will be asked to sign for their gift card. 
  • Food and beverages for all participants. 
  • Childcare for children of attendees. 
  • Spanish Interpretation services provided by Tilde. 

Register for any of the in–person options today! 

Virtual Conversation

There will be a virtual option on January 30th from 6 – 7:30 PM on Zoom. Register for the virtual session today.  

Community conversations

You will soon be able to help us frame the community conversations by completing a brief survey. Participants will be entered into a raffle for one of twenty $50 gift cards. The survey will be released soon. 

After completing the survey, be sure to register for an in-person or virtual Conversation! 

More about the 2024 Community Conversations

This year, the City of Durham has partnered with ETR Services to facilitate a Dialogue and Deliberation-style event where all attendees will have opportunities to make their voice heard. Dialogue and Deliberation refers to a set of engagement strategies that bring people together to have informative conversations about important issues. All attendees will have the opportunity to discuss your community needs and discuss priorities for city spending.  

Each Community Conversation will begin with a brief overview of the process we’ll use for our conversations as well as group agreements for our small group conversations. Attendees will be asked to join smaller groups based on your priorities for future spending:

  • Safe communities (e.g., public safety, crime reduction, street lights, reducing recidivism, community policing)
  • Infrastructure (e.g., land use, sidewalks, parks, transportation, roads, physical activity infrastructure)
  • Housing (e.g., affordable housing, homelessness, food in/security)
  • Workforce development (e.g., training programs, job fairs)

Register today and be a part of the Conversation!

If you have questions, please contact: