Washoe County hosting online forum through Peak Democracy

WASHOE COUNTY NEWS RELEASE

Washoe County is launching an online tool which will give citizens an opportunity to voice their opinions. Open Washoe County, an online program to solicit citizen input and feedback, is accessible through the Washoe County website at http://www.washoecounty.us/index/openwashoe.html and allows individuals to make comments, suggestions and read what other community members are saying about a particular issue.

The online forum will also provide County staff members and elected officials with the opportunity to read the statements and incorporate the feedback into their decision process. Open Washoe County continues the County’s efforts to provide more opportunities for citizen interaction and engagement.

Washoe County Commissioner Bonnie Weber feels it’s a great feedback tool for community members, and said, “Open Washoe County is another opportunity to hear from citizens about what matters most to them. It’s an easily accessible and fiscally responsible tool that values a person’s time commitment. This is an inexpensive way to enable residents to participate in community discussions from the privacy and convenience of their own home or office.”

The program was developed by Peak Democracy, www.peakdemocracy.com, a non-partisan company whose mission is to broaden civic engagement and build public trust in government. Nearly 50 other cities and counties are using the platform including: Palo Alto, California, Salt Lake City, Utah and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Washoe County is the first County in Nevada to implement this interactive online tool.

The current Open Washoe County topic asks the question:

What issues are the most important to you as a citizen of Washoe County?

You can read what others are saying about the most important issues in our community, and share your own opinion at http://www.washoecounty.us/index/openwashoe.html.

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