Please don’t say your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. As full of merit as your resolution is, it may not be tweeted out by city staff.
Starting today and through Dec. 31, the city of Austin is encouraging Austinites to text their New Year resolutions to 512-518-5879. But there’s a catch: you need to think about how your resolution will make the city better. City staff will then go through them and pick the most interesting responses.
To take a look at what Austinites are committing to, you can check out the city’s Twitter account at austintexasgov throughout the month of January.
This isn't just a feel-good of effort. The city is teaming up with Code for America, a group that partners with local governments to foster civic innovation. The goal is to provide feedback to city officials. And this isn't the first time the City of Austin has partnered with Code for America. Their last team effort was launching a web app called Prepared.ly which helps people plan and prepare for wildfires.