Open City Hall
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
City of Manhattan Beach Expands Community Engagement, Government Transparency with Launch of “Open City Hall” Online Platform
Cloud-based Technology Designed to Complement and Diversify Public Insights Surrounding Government Decision Making Process & Quickly Provide Feedback to City Leaders
Manhattan Beach, CA (May 7, 2015) –The City of Manhattan Beach seeks to build public trust and engage the community online through the launch of its new open town hall forums.
Titled “Open City Hall,” Manhattan Beach’s program will assist City leaders with identifying firsthand feedback and opinions from the community, which will then be analyzed with real-time insights and reporting tools that offer geographic and demographic analysis of concerns in specific locations, as well as citywide issues that are of general interest or warrant discussion throughout Manhattan Beach. The platform allows for continuous community engagement, providing a convenient channel for residents to express opinions while not being confined to a particular Council or Community meeting agenda.
The decision to launch the “Open City Hall” platform stems from the City’s continued efforts to increase civic engagement. It is also consistent with the community’s desire to provide input and receive information, which was highlighted in the most recent Community Survey as a priority. Residents gave their local government high marks for providing general services in specific areas and provided favorable opinions for the City being open, accessible, and accountable. The new online “Open City Hall” will elevate the City’s dedication to transparent government relationships within the community, as Manhattan Beach debuts the newest technology that is available today for online civic engagement.
“While Manhattan Beach residents are pleased with our City’s transparency, the introduction of ‘Open City Hall’ will quickly and efficiently bring community concerns or ideas for City improvements directly to City Officials with our new online engagement platform,” states Mark Danaj, City Manager, Manhattan Beach. “We hope to generate new ideas from residents and businesses owners to continue to improve the positive image of our City, while also tackling issues such as parking, public safety and other very important topics for our community. Through ‘Open City Hall’ we will be able to summarize these conversations and deliver them from the community directly to our City leaders.”
“Open City Hall” launched May 7, 2015. The new civic engagement tool will be located on the City’s website homepage, where residents can create a profile and start contributing to the first topic on the site, which will discuss the Manhattan Beach Library and generate conversations and opinions regarding its usage and opportunities available with its additional new space for community programs.
All technology and registration questions surrounding signing up for the “Open City Hall” should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org