Voice Your Choice
The City of Austin has been looking for new ways to engage the public on city issues. They’ve also been looking for new ways to get more input on city projects and about city departments. In the past, much of the feedback has come via e-mail links from individual project or department websites. Then the city created a website that created more of a “discussion board” atmosphere, letting citizens comment and learn more about what was going on at City Hall.
In this week’s “Changing Austin” segment, Austin Community Engagement Consultant Larry Schooler tells KUT’s Ian Crawford about the relaunch of that website, Speak Up Austin. The site now lets people vote their preferences on topics ranging from the Rainey St. Project to the Downtown Austin plan. That information will ultimately end up in the hands of city council members, as part of their public input process on different issues.