During unprecedented times, such as the current COVID-19 health mandate for “social distancing” and quarantines, NDOT and its partners will lean on online and virtual engagement methods and strategies that allow projects and communications to continue forward while creating effective dialogue with constituents.
While regular and ongoing communication will occur throughout planning efforts, some key milestones will trigger proactive communications to share progress and seek informed input.
NDOT will work closely with community stakeholders to share information and build ambassadors to this project.
The Communications and Public Outreach Plan aims to achieve the following objectives:
Provide regular, consistent, accurate and timely communication
Maintain an open and transparent NEPA process
Inform and educate
Build and maintain relationships
Foster understanding and excitement
Promptly address concerns
Stakeholder coordination is the heart of the program and is being facilitated through the creation and implementation of several diverse working groups including elected officials, residential representatives, community leaders, civic organizations and community advocacy groups and the general public.
Technical Advisory Committee
(includes technical staff from various agency municipalities and partner agency representatives)
Community Working Group
(includes community, business, advocacy, residential representatives, etc.)
Along with targeted stakeholder engagement, the general public will be proactively engaged through a multi-faceted communications program that includes:
- Educational Video and Interactive Maps
- Traditional Media Relations and Advertisement
- A Speakers Bureau (Roadshow Presentations)
- Public Meetings and Hearings