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Woman on laptop with mapping screen

This is one of the most common questions we get from our MetroQuest subscribers as they start building their first MetroQuest survey using the Map Screen: "how can we use maps and map markers to make our data actionable and gain new insights?" In this blog post, we dive into the details to help guide you along this process. MetroQuest uses decimal degrees for latitude and...

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Calgary Central Library

On November 1st the City of Calgary opened the new, much anticipated Central Library. According to the Calgary Herald, the new library is nothing short of spectacular! “Decades in the making, Calgary’s long-awaited $245-million downtown library opened its doors to the public Thursday, boasting 240,000 square feet of spectacular architecture, four floors of learning spaces and 450,000 new books and collections” (Source: Calgary Herald). Six years ago,...

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Alaska

With attendance at public meeting on the decline, State Departments of Transportation are increasingly looking online to boost public participation in their planning projects. While social media seems to be the first place most agencies go for online engagement, they quickly conclude that social media isn’t enough. While Facebook is great for sharing planning projects with the public, it isn’t designed to collect meaningful input for...

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Cartoon guy running away from zombies

If you feel like you’re facing increasing tensions in your public engagement processes, you’re not alone. Across the country the climate of public discourse has been shifting dramatically. It’s getting spooky out there. Planners and public engagement practitioners working for government agencies increasingly find themselves on the front lines of highly polarized debates. Are you feeling scared? The good news is there are proven ways to detoxify...

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people on laptop

Transportation agencies of all kinds, from DOTs to MPOs and transit agencies, face many challenges when it comes to public involvement. This new webinar recording showcases three case studies that together create a framework for successful online community engagement that can be easily followed by others. You’ll learn about a creative county, an innovative MPO, and a leading transportation planning firm who collaborated to engage 12,000 residents...

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