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Columbus, OH skyline

This highly visual webinar presents research findings, proven best practices, practical tips and award-winning case studies to guide agencies towards the successful application of online community engagement for planning projects. Viewers will walk away with an understanding about how to leverage digital engagement to achieve unprecedented results using cost-effective tools. The webinar showcases a wide range of outstanding planning projects throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and the...

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public meeting

It’s surprising how seldom we see a breakdown of the cost of public participation across multiple channels or tactics. These breakdowns give a unique window into community engagement that can be extremely useful to agencies trying to create engagement plans and realistic budgets to meet their outreach goals. That’s why we were so surprised when the Metro Nashville Planning Commission included a powerful slide breaking down...

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City street with crosswalk

For local government agencies it can be a daunting task to keep track of the myriad of firms specializing in products and services to fulfill their needs. Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) understand this challenge well. That’s why they conducted an extensive voting process to compile a ranking of the Top 50 Local Government Vendors. Agencies will find a terrific assortment of online tools, community engagement...

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Arial highway

This unique portal complements the more traditional public meetings in an effort to broaden public input by allowing the public to provide input online in only a few minutes. NCDOT selected MetroQuest in order to provide an interactive experience that would increase the level of public input to guide their planning process. “We are very excited to leverage MetroQuest to collect public input to inform our State...

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public meeting

Planners, like any other professionals, live in a kind of bubble. Those charged with dealing with the public run the risk of expecting too much from residents as they design community engagement activities. Here are some of the most common mistakes. It's great to focus on the positive and celebrate the best case studies, but sometimes it's useful to learn from our mistakes. For the purposes of...

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I'm right and you're an idiot speech from James Hoggan

Image from book launch event courtesy Hoggan & Associates My interview with Author James Hoggan: 'I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up'Published by New Society, May 2016 James Hoggan has influenced my work for two decades. I find myself quoting his work in many of my public speaking engagements and the lessons he has articulated have shaped...

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