Throughout the years, Portland has been embracing a rich tradition of civic engagement. Civic engagement is defined as "the interaction of citizens with their society and their government". It takes many forms like activisim, group participation, volunteering, voting, and charity.
-Civic engagement empowers the community as it stregthen the connection of the people of he city with the power of the city, and result in creating an impact in the place they live in. This phenomenon has made Portland a national leader in effective, effient civic engagement, in which it illustrated a relationship and stong problem solving skills between the government and the people.