Community Engagement

Community engagement is a key element in staying connected to the Golden Valley community. So said Golden Valley residents who participated in Envision Golden Valley, the City's visioning process.

To promote and support that concept, the City Council created a framework to help connect businesses, organizations, and individuals who want to improve their city and get involved in their community. The City of Golden Valley offers several opportunities to serve your community. There are also a number of ways to connect with others in the community through grass-roots initiatives and existing organizations.

City Connections

Get Involved (Strengthen Golden Valley)

The City of Golden Valley is only as strong as its residents make it. That’s why the City relies on its residents to serve on Boards, Commissions, and Task Forces; volunteer for events like Run the Valley and Greens Classic and for programs like Adopt-A-Park; and apply for jobs like Election Judges. Learn more.

+ Provide Feedback

Community Input Opportunities

Soliciting public input is a major component of the City of Golden Valley’s community engagement efforts. Tools include surveys and interactive story maps, public forums and open houses, email and social media outreach, and more.

Stastically Valid Community Surveys

What do Golden Valley residents think of their city and the services their tax dollars buy? To keep track over the years, the City Council commissioned the Morris Leatherman Company (formerly Decision Resources, Ltd) to conduct community surveys in 1995, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2013, and 2016. Each time, professional interviewers polled 400 residents by telephone on a variety of community issues.

These statistically valid random sample surveys yield results applicable to the entire spectrum of Golden Valley residents within plus or minus five percentage points in 95 out of 100 cases, according to Morris Leatherman. Morris Leatherman's clients include more than 30 other cities in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, including Plymouth, Maple Grove, Edina, Eden Prairie, St Louis Park, Crystal, New Hope, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Burnsville, Richfield, Woodbury, and Eagan, to name a few. The group also does work for school districts and corporations.

Showcase Your Artwork

To enhance and enrich Golden Valley's public environment for its residents, businesses, and visitors, the City developed a program to encourage collaborative projects and provide a mechanism for including public art throughout the community.

Long-Term Community Visioning (Envision Golden Valley)

The strength of a community is based on how well it reflects the goals and aspirations of its people. Envision Golden Valley inspired citizens to contemplate the meaning of community, then come together with ideas for the future of Golden Valley to develop a community vision.

Community Connections

+ Beyond The Yellow Ribbon

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Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities is a grassroots citizen group that engages the communities of Golden Valley, Crystal, New Hope, and Robbinsdale in support of military members, veterans, and their families.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting military service members and their families with community support, training, services, and resources.

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Quad Communities joins nearly 200 Minnesota cities, counties, and businesses already proclaimed Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website and Facebook page have more information for those who want to get involved in the program.

+ Bridge Builders

Bridge Builders included people, institutions, organizations, or businesses who want to connect with others to improve the community or share similar interests.

Starting with ideas from Envision Golden Valley, Bridge Builders planted seeds for several initiatives that are blossoming today. One is the Golden Valley Community Foundation, which continues the Bridge Builders' mission.

Golden Valley Community Foundation

Golden Valley Garden Club

Golden Valley Historical Society

+ Golden Valley Reads

“Golden Valley Reads,” a joint venture between the City of Golden Valley and Hennepin County Library – Golden Valley, seeks to encourage Golden Valley residents to read one book together each year.

2021 Golden Valley Reads

The Hennepin County Library is not hosting a Golden Valley Reads program in 2021.

Market in the Valley

Envision Award

Do you know someone who has a vision for making Golden Valley a better place and who is working with others to make that vision a reality? Nominate them for an Envision Award.