The Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) grant requires a robust community engagement process including stakeholder involvement at all phases of the grant process. As part of the initial community engagement process, a Community Steering Committee was created. Made up of 165 individuals that either worked, lived, or owned property in the Transform Fresno Project Area, the committee created and voted on the final list of projects in the TCC Grant. During the development of the Transform Fresno Plan and finalization of projects included in the TCC grant, several residents became integral to the process by organizing, speaking out, and representing on behalf of their community. These people behind the movement shifted from business owners and residents to community leaders. Sixteen of these leaders, possessing a transformative vision and commitment to the community, were appointed to the Transform Fresno Outreach & Oversight Committee.
The Outreach and Oversight Committee is an advisory committee that is made up of seventeen members total: four members representing Chinatown, four members representing Downtown, eight members representing Southwest Fresno, and a Committee Chair. Committee members are encouraged to be actively involved in Transform Fresno related activities and attend monthly committee meetings along with quarterly community meetings open to the public. Current and replenishment members of the Committee are required (i) to have held eligible voter status on the former Community Steering Committee, (ii) are not from a Project Partner organization, and (iii) must live, work, or own property in the Project area. The Outreach and Oversight Committee acts as liaison between the community, city staff, and partner agencies. Vacancies for seats will be filled through applications submitted to the Outreach and Oversight committee. Applications will be reviewed for community leadership with preference given to Project area residents, community based groups, church organizations, advocates, business owners, and community development corporations.
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