Community Engagement Office
The Office of Community Engagement’s mission is to foster activity that promotes vibrant, diverse, and safe neighborhoods and creates a strong sense of community among all residents. Due to the Borough of State College’s partnership with Penn State, the Office of Community Engagement serves as a resource for student-residents and long-term residents and strives to cultivate positive relations between them. The Office of Community Engagement helps ensure that all Borough neighborhoods are sustainable and inclusive by supporting community capacity building efforts and encouraging student-residents and long-term residents to participate in community living.
- Projects and Initatives
- Living In One Neighborhood (LION)
- Census 2020 – Complete Count
- LGBTQ Advisory Committee
- National Community Survey
- Engage State College
The LION initiative creates resources and hosts event to build a stronger sense of community for long-term and short-term (student) residents.
The LION Guide is a living online community resource guide. This publication is perfect for anyone living in State College.
LION Bash is an annual event that combines a downtown block party and resource fair. This event provides an educational opportunity for ALL residents to learn about everything the community has to offer.
The next Census is coming in 2020. Once a decade, every resident in the United States has a chance to counted. Census results are used to reapportion congressional seats and to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funding supporting housing, education, healthcare, and employment. The success of the Census helps you and your community receive the resources that help provide a high quality of life in State College.
In 2017, State College Council established the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Advisory Committee to advise the Borough on LGBTQ matters.
Kevin Kassab, Director of Community Engagement, is the Borough’s designated liaison to the LGBTQ community. Mr. Kassab works directly with the LGBTQ Advisory Committee and Borough Staff to help create and support the connections between the LGBTQ community and the Borough of State College.
The National Community Survey (NCS) captures residents’ opinions within the three pillars of a community (Community Characteristics, Governance and Participation) across eight central facets of community (Safety, Mobility, Natural Environment, Built Environment, Economy, Recreation and Wellness, Education and Enrichment and Community Engagement). The NCS report is about the “livability” of State College. The phrase “livable community” is used here to evoke a place that is not simply habitable, but that is desirable. It is not only where people do live, but where they want to live.
Your community and government make better decisions when you have a voice in the process. Engage State College is part of a broader city effort to make it easier for the public to engage with their local government.