Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX)

CPCX improves the outcomes of USACE missions by supporting collaborative processes and ensuring that the interests of partners, stakeholders, and the public are addressed. Specific goals are to:

1. Build collaborative capability
2. Provide direct support
3. Catalyze effective use of collaboration
4. Deliver innovative collaborative processes, tools and techniques

Inside the CPCX


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CPCX is located at the Institute for Water Resources in Alexandria, Virginia.

Collaboration in Action

The CPCX has released the final version of its strategic plan for 2021-2025. This plan (the third since designation of the CX in 2008) outlines the focus and direction of the Center of Expertise to 2025.
CPCX has promoted virtual collaboration skills, methods, and tools for years. When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, CPCX immediately responded with a webinar series designed to help Districts shift internal and external collaborations to virtual platforms. CPCX acted quickly to move its training courses online, mastering the platforms of WebEx, Blackboard, and Google Classroom. The instructors’ use of virtual technology to deliver Public Involvement and Teaming in Planning was recently called “groundbreaking” by ULC leadership.
CPCX facilitated a series of virtual listening sessions for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and USACE HQ to receive input and recommendations on the Water Resources Development of Act of 2020. Stakeholders and other interested parties provided input on WRDA 2020 provisions that may require implementation guidance.

CPCX Brochure

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. —Andrew Carnegie