Creating Community and Engaging Citizens

attachmentThe words “city” and “community” are often used as if they were synonyms, but they actually lead us into a better understanding of two areas of responsibility, each different, both vitally important, and neither a function of size.

This workshop will help you discover the key characteristics of a strong community, ways to identify and nurture the essential elements, and how to enlist and engage the citizens in the biggest job in town.

Gary McCaleb, Ph.D.,  is vice president of Abilene Christian University, executive director of the Center for Building Community, and professor of management at ACU.

In 1999, Dr. McCaleb completed his ninth year and third term as mayor of the City of Abilene.  He was president of the Texas Municipal League in 1993, served on the Advisory Boards of the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and was the U.S. representative to the World Executive Committee of the International Union of Local Authorities.

A frequent speaker on city issues both nationally and internationally, Dr. McCaleb recently produced two books:  Community: The ‘Other’ Side of Self and The Gift of Community: Reflections on the Way We Live and Work Together.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from ACU, and holds an MBA and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.