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CITY OF ANN ARBOR LAUNCHES ONLINE PUBLIC FORUM TOOL
SOUTH STATE STREET CORRIDOR FIRST TOPIC
ANN ARBOR, Mich., August 13, 2012 —The City of Ann Arbor invites all Ann Arbor residents to give feedback about changes they would like to see along the South State Street Corridor via the city’s new online public forum, A2 Open City Hall at www.a2gov.org/a2opencityhall. The South State Street Corridor Plan is the first topic on this new online forum. Additional topics will be launched this fall.
A2 Open City Hall gives Ann Arbor residents the opportunity to share feedback with city staff and Council members about this important planning project, which is in the beginning stages of development. Updates about the project and future project questions will be posted on A2 Open City Hall at www.a2gov.org/a2opencityhall as well as on the city’s project webpage at www.a2gov.org/SouthState.
"The A2 Open City Hall online forum is one more way the city continues its efforts to provide diverse opportunities for citizen interaction and engagement,” said City Administrator Steve Powers. “We want to expand our citizens’ ability to learn about important city issues and participate in discussions that matter to them, in a convenient and open way."
City staff will review topic statements and incorporate feedback into the development and planning of this project. Share your opinion about South State Street Corridor changes and read what others are saying at www.a2gov.org/a2opencityhall. Residents will also be able to participate and provide input about this and other projects in the more traditional ways, such as public meetings and email.
The Open City Hall online public forum was developed by Peak Democracy, a non-partisan company based in California, whose mission is to broaden civic engagement and build public trust in government. Approximately, 40 other cities are using Open City Hall including Saint Paul, Minn. and Salt Lake City, Utah. Ann Arbor is the first city in Michigan to use this online engagement tool.
Ann Arbor has 114,000 residents, spans 27.7 square miles, and is frequently recognized as a foremost place to live, learn, work, thrive and visit (www.a2gov.org/news). To keep up with City of Ann Arbor information, subscribe for e-mail updates (www.a2gov.org/subscribe), follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/a2gov) or become a city fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thecityofannarbor). The city’s mission statement reads: The city of Ann Arbor is committed to providing excellent municipal services that enhance the quality of life for all through the intelligent use of resources while valuing an open environment that fosters fair, sensitive and respectful treatment of all employees and the community we serve.
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