The Community Participation Organization has been on a 17-year hiatus due to lack of interest.

FILE PHOTO - The Forest Grove City Library will be hosting a kickoff event for CPO 12F, which has been inactive for the better part of two decades, on June 27.For 17 years, the Forest Grove area has not been actively represented in Washington County's Community Participation Organization program. That's about to change.

The county has announced that CPO 12F, which serves Forest Grove, will hold a kickoff meeting Wednesday, June 27, at 6 p.m. The group is formally being resurrected by a group of community members interested in restarting it.

CPOs need a minimum level of participation — as per their name — for Washington County to consider them "active." CPO 12F has not met that threshold since early this millennium — until now.

CPOs serve as advisory bodies to the county government, providing public input from all around Washington County — especially in rural and unincorporated areas. They also host regular public meetings, often with speakers who give presentations or lead discussions about topics of interest to the community.

Rural areas west and north of Forest Grove are served by CPO 13, while CPO 15 serves the Blooming and Fern Hill areas south of Cornelius. Cornelius itself is represented by CPO 12C, which also serves the unincorporated West Dairy Creek area in between Cornelius and Hillsboro.

The kickoff event for CPO 12F will be held at the Forest Grove City Library, located at 2114 Pacific Ave. in downtown Forest Grove.

The theme of the event is "Helping Families Thrive." It will feature a panel discussion including interim Superintendent John O'Neill of the Forest Grove School District, Yolanda Diaz with the Adelante Mujeres Chicas Youth Program, and Eva Hawes of the Washington County Health and Human Services Department.

Spanish-language interpretation is available.

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