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NOVEMBER 2020

SURVEY: MORE THAN 50% OF WILLIAMSBURG RESIDENTS SURVEYED CONCERNED ABOUT COST OF HOUSING

Increasing numbers of Williamsburg residents are experiencing housing cost stress and are pessimistic about their economic futures while retaining high levels of confidence in local government, according to the 2020 National Community Survey.

HELP CHART SEDONA'S FUTURE BY TAKING THE CITY'S COMMUNITY SURVEY

The city of Sedona invites all residents to participate in an online, comprehensive quality of life survey beginning Oct. 28, 2020. Residents may complete the survey by visiting www.sedonaaz.gov/2020survey.

BILLINGS SEEKING RESIDENTS' OPINIONS ON POLICE SERVICES

The City of Billings is asking residents to participate in a National Police Services Survey to help gauge resident satisfaction with Billings’ Police Department services and to make comparisons with communities across the nation. 

PANAMA CITY BEACH SURVEY SHOWS TRAFFIC IS MAIN CONCERN  

The results of the city's first citizens survey are in, and most people are not pleased with the overall flow of traffic.

CITY OF SEDONA ASKS FOR LOCAL'S VIEWS

The city of Sedona wants to know what’s on your mind. At the end of last month the city posted a comprehensive community survey on its website. The results are used by staff and the Sedona City Council in a variety of ways to gauge the views and thoughts of residents.

HELP DIRECT ANN ARBOR'S FUTURE BUDGET AND SPENDING

Should the City spend more on street repairs and maintenance, or more on pedestrian safety and affordable housing?

PASCO PINELLAS COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT SURVEY OF OLDER ADULTS

The Community Assessment Survey of Older Adults, or CASOA, is a printed survey that was sent to 10,000 randomly selected households across every Pinellas and Pasco zip code in which at least one resident was known to be aged 60 and over.

CITY RESIDENTS ASKED TO GIVE FEEDBACK ABOUT POLICE SERVICES

The City of Billings is partnering with Polco to implement a citywide police services survey and provide a platform for resident engagement.

HELP DIRECT ANN ARBOR'S FUTURE BUDGET AND SPENDING

Should the City spend more on street repairs and maintenance, or more on pedestrian safety and affordable housing?

OCTOBER 2020

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: POLCO POLL

Who won the September 29 presidential debate? 

PALM COAST WINS AWARD BASED ON RESIDENT SURVEY INPUT

The Polco software company and the and the International City & County Management Association have announced the city of Palm Coast a winner in the Voice of the People Awards. 

THREE WAYS COVID-19 IMPACTS MILLENNIALS DIFFERENTLY THAN BOOMERS

We know that COVID-19 mortality rates rise with age. But although the pandemic has huge implications for residents of all ages, there is much less news about generational differences in emotional, physical, and economic wellbeing.

COMMUNITY INCLUSION AND RACIAL EQUITY SURVEY CLOSES FRIDAY

Residents are reminded that the Community Inclusion and Racial Equity Survey will close this Friday, Oct. 9. The survey is available on-line.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS POLCO POLL

Who won the Vice Presidential Debate?

HOW LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS ARE MEETING THE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CHALLENGE

For public sector employees, employee benefits provide a significant competitive tool that counteracts the lure of higher salaries in the private sector. Proof of this comes from a summary of data compiled over the last five years by National Research Center (NRC) at Polco, which provides survey research services for public sector organizations and offers an online engagement platform. 

LIFE IN SAVAGE: ECONOMIC HEALTH, TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS REFLECTED IN COMMUNITY SURVEY RESULTS

Savage’s latest community survey results are in and show the majority of residents continue to enjoy life in Savage.

TOWN OF ASHLAND WINS TWO AWARDS FROM VOICE OF THE PEOPLE 

The National Research Center (NRC) at Polco and the International City & County Management Association (ICMA) recently announced at the ICMA Annual Conference, that the Town of Ashland received this year’s 2020 Voice of the People Awards (VOP)- including the winning award for Transformation in Natural Environment and the finalist award for Transformation in Community Engagement. 

PASCO COUNTY LAUNCHES COMMUNITY MEETINGS, ONLINE CITIZEN SURVEY

SWOT analysis is a study undertaken by an organization to identify its internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as its opportunities.

PALM COAST CITY OFFICIALS TURN TO RESIDENTS FOR FEEDBACK

City officials will ask residents for feedback with its citizen survey set to go out in January.

FLOWER MOUND RECEIVES TWO VOICE OF THE PEOPLE AWARDS

The town of Flower Mound recently won two Voice of the People awards for “Excellence in Recreation and Wellness” and “Transformation in Education and Enrichment.”

PLYMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

The Plymouth Police Department was awarded the 2020 Voice of the People Award for Safety Excellence. The national award recognizes the high marks residents gave police services and safety in the National Community Survey.

CITY OF ANN ARBOR SURVEY SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON PUBLIC INPUT ON BUDGET PRIORITIES

The city of Ann Arbor released a new Priority Based Budgeting Survey on Monday which seeks to gauge public opinion on city spending.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS POLCO POLL

Who won the Oct. 22 Presidential debate?

SEPTEMBER 2020

'WISBUSINESS: THE SHOW' FEATURES POLCO'S NICK MASTRONARDI

The latest episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” spotlights U.S. Air Force veteran and former White House staffer Nick Mastronardi of Polco, a platform for improving how community leaders seek citizen input on important topics.

ST. CHARLES, BATAVIA RESIDENTS GIVE THEIR TOWN HIGH MARKS ON SURVEYS

Survey says ...? Residents of Batavia and St. Charles are extremely pleased with where they live.

CITY SHARES NATIONAL COMMUNITY SURVEY RESULTS

This scientific survey was sent to a randomly selected 3,000 residents, evenly spread out in each of the seven wards.

TOWN OF HOPKINTON COMMUNITY SURVEY

The Town is undertaking a survey of resident opinions about community and services in collaboration with the National Research Center.

FRANKLIN WINS AWARDS BASED ON FEEDBACK FROM RESIDENTS

National Research Center (NRC) at Polco and the International City & County Management Association (ICMA) have announced the city of Franklin is the winner of two Voice of the People (VOP) Awards for excellence in education and enrichment and excellence in community engagement. 

AUGUST 2020

PANAMA CITY BEACH UNVEILS FIRST STRATEGIC PLAN, CITY MANAGER DUBS IT A 'ROAD MAP'

For the first time in its 50-year history, Panama City Beach has a strategic plan.

RECYCLING AND SOLID WASTE CENTER ASKING FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK IN NEW SURVEY

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management is asking the public to complete a short survey to collect feedback from users of the Recycling and Solid Waste Center.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: POLCO POLL

Do you think Joe Biden made the right pick for his Vice Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris?

CITY OF CEDAR RAPIDS CREATES SURVEY TO GATHER INPUT FOR CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking residents for input on a survey for an independent Citizen Review Board.

CITY OF CEDAR RAPIDS CREATES SURVEY TO GET INPUT FROM RESIDENTS ABOUT CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD

The city of Cedar Rapids launched a survey for residents to provide input about a citizens review board and information about their interactions with the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

THE PROCESS OF PUTTING TOGETHER A CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD BEGINS IN CEDAR RAPIDS

The City of Cedar Rapids is getting closer to creating a Citizens Review Board and now they’re collecting data about people’s experience with officers. They say putting this board together is a community effort, and now they’re asking all residents to take a survey, which will help officials figure out the best way to conduct this.

JULY 2020

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: POLCO POLL

Do you agree with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide order requiring that masks be worn in public?

FORWARD LOOKOUT: POLCO POLL

The Dane County board wants input on how large the county board should be – your thoughts?

CHARLESTOWN DECIDES NOT TO PURCHASE BEACHFRONT PROPERTY; OLD MILL ROAD REDO PUT ON HOLD

The council voted to ask National Research Center, the firm selected to conduct a town-wide survey of residents, to advise the town on the best way to proceed with the public consultation process during the COVID-19 pandemic, when large gatherings are prohibited.

CEDAR RAPIDS ANNOUNCES FRAMEWORK TO FORM CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD

The City of Cedar Rapids has developed a 90-day plan for public engagement to establish the framework for an independent Citizen Review Board.

O’FALLON TO UPDATE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR CLEARER FUTURE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Because things have changed in the past 14 years, O’Fallon needs to update its overall Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2006, for a clearer direction on future development.

CITY SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON WATER ST. CLOSURE BETWEEN BRIDGE SQUARE AND THE DAM

The City of Northfield is asking for input on permanently closing Water Street between Bridge Square and the dam, or seasonally closing it.

COUNTY BOARD BEGINS TO PLAN FOR REDISTRICTING PROCESS

The Dane County Board is taking steps to ensure its redistricting process is nonpartisan once census data is collected in the spring of 2021, and the board is seeking public opinion about its size.

CITY OF PASCO COMMUNITY SURVEY RESULTS

The City of Pasco has released the results of the National Community Survey, a biennial survey the City has done since 2005. The City contracts with the National Research Center (NRC) in Colorado to conduct the survey in Pasco; previous survey information has been used in developing City Council goals.

DE PERE LAUNCHES SURVEY FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON RACIAL JUSTICE, INCLUSIVITY

The City of De Pere is launching a new online survey to learn more about racial justice in the community.

JUNE 2020

MARION RESIDENTS MORE COMFORTABLE EATING EATING OUTDOORS, SHOPPING SIDEWALK SALES

Half of Marion residents would feel very uncomfortable eating indoors at a restaurant or going to the gym, while a quarter would feel very uncomfortable going to a retail store, according to a recent survey conducted by the Marion COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: POLCO POLL

Should Texas cities be allowed to set their own requirements for wearing face masks in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus?

WHAT’S CEDAR RAPIDS’ NO. 1 PROBLEM? STREET REPAIR, RESIDENTS SAY IN SURVEY

Cedar Rapids residents want more progress on repairing local streets, even as Paving for Progress makes headway on repairing roads.

LOUISVILLE CITY COUNCIL SEES INCREASE IN SATISFACTION WITH PROGRAMS, SERVICES

Louisville City Council on Tuesday received responses to its citizen survey, which indicated residents are pleased with the city’s programs and services.

WAUNAKEE SURVEYS RESIDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF EQUITY, INCLUSION

The Village of Waunakee has launched a survey in hopes of gauging residents’ perceptions of equity and inclusion. The survey is intended to help village government listen and learn about matters of equity and inclusion in the village and to help establish some baseline information from which to measure improvement over time

WISPOLITICS.COM: WISCONSIN’S PREMIER POLITICAL NEWS SERVICE

Is Tommy Thompson a good choice to lead the UW System?

CITY OF BRYAN SEEKING OPINIONS ABOUT FACE MASK REQUIREMENTS

The city of Bryan is accepting feedback from residents about whether masks should be required in businesses.

FRISCO RESIDENTS PUSH FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, SUSTAINABILITY IN COMMUNITY SURVEY

In March, Frisco pushed out a comprehensive quality of life survey to residents hoping to get vital feedback to inform the town’s direction into the future. Residents — and even a few out-of-towners — got a chance to voice opinions and concerns about everything from safety, community design, governance, health and more.

MAY 2020

EAU CLAIRE CITY MANAGER DELAYS RETIREMENT TO HELP WITH COVID-19

Eau Claire City Manager Dale Peters has delayed his retirement to help Eau Claire with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Eau Claire City Council is seeking input on the best qualities for the role of city manager as the position is still open.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS POLL: COVID-19 RESPONSE

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is easing restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic by allowing hair and nail salons and barbershops to open on Friday, May 8. Do you agree with his decision?

BEAUMONT ONLINE COMMUNITY SURVEY

The City of Beaumont is asking residents to participate in a community survey. The survey is designed to provide a baseline of how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City, and to make comparisons with peer cities.

MARION ISSUES SURVEY TO RESIDENTS TO UNDERSTAND COMFORT LEVELS AS BUSINESSES REOPEN

A new online survey could help businesses owners and community leaders in Marion understand the comfort level of residents as businesses prepare to reopen.

TAKE A SURVEY REGARDING THE BUDGET IMPACTS OF COVID-19

Let the City know what you think about the future of Creekside Community Center and the Bloomington Motor Vehicle Office. Your feedback is important as the City considers closing the facilities due to financial challenges in 2020 and beyond.

OEDIT JOINS NATIONAL AND LOCAL PARTNERS TO CAPTURE THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES COVID-19 POSES TO COLORADO’S BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, in partnership with POLCO and Downtown, Colorado Inc. (DCI), has released a Colorado COVID-19 Business Survey. Recorded from April 10 to April 30 during the peak of the state’s economic interruption, the survey chronicles the economic challenges facing Colorado businesses.

MISSOULA COUNTY LAUNCHES SURVEY TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS

Missoula County is launching a survey this week to gather feedback from residents on their quality of life, the delivery of county services, safety, transportation, the economy and the natural environment, among other topics. The county is working with the National Research Center to conduct the survey, which aims to help county leaders better understand the needs of the communities they serve, according to a press release

SURVEY TO ADDRESS SERVICES IN MISSOULA COUNTY

Residents across Missoula County will receive mailed surveys this week asking them to provide feedback to help county leaders better understand the broader needs of the communities they serve. The county is working with the National Research Center to conduct the survey and analyze the results.

POLCO PARTNERS WITH WNA TO OFFER WISCONSIN NEWSPAPERS VALUABLE READERSHIP DATA

Since October, the online civic engagement platform Polco has partnered with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association to equip newspapers across the upper-midwestern state with valuable data and polling information on their readers.

APRIL 2020

WYOMING COUNCIL LOOKS AT COVID-19’S AFFECT ON CITY

Wyoming City Council reviewed the results of a survey on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the city as part of its meeting held Tuesday, April 21.

SURVEY SEEKS COVID-19 IMPACTED BUSINESSES

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is conducting a statewide survey for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

POLCO POLL: DO YOU SUPPORT THE EXTENSION OF GOV. EVERS’ ‘SAFER AT HOME’ ORDER IN WISCONSIN?

Share your opinion on this topic by clicking into the link.

BEAUMONT’S COMMUNITY SURVEY

The City of Beaumont is asking residents to participate in its upcoming community survey. The scientific survey is designed to provide a baseline of how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the city and to make comparisons with peer cities.

BEAUMONT RESIDENTS COULD RECEIVE COMMUNITY SURVEY IN THE MAIL

Approximately 2,500 Beaumont residents should be receiving a community survey in the mail from the city of Beaumont that will ask them about their perceptions of the city and how it compares with other peer cities.

JESSIE OPOIEN: WE HOPE YOU’LL PARTICIPATE IN A NEW SERIES OF READER POLLS ON KEY ISSUES

Polling can also offer valuable insights into people’s priorities and concerns and how those evolve over time. Polls don’t predict the future, but they do offer a snapshot of the mood at particular moments. That’s why The Cap Times is excited to partner with Polco, a civic communication company founded by technologically-minded former public servants, based here in Madison. You may already be aware of them, since they’ve been working with other news media and local governments in Wisconsin.
 

March 2020

HONOLULU’S SPENDING ON HOMELESS STAGNATES EVEN AS PROBLEM PERSISTS

As Oahu continues to struggle with one of the worst rates of homelessness in the nation, Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s final budget proposal as mayor includes little new funding to tackle the problem.

SURVEY OF CHANHASSEN RESIDENTS SHOWS SUPPORT FOR PARK IMPROVEMENTS LEVY

Chanhassen residents would support a park bond referendum, according to a city survey conducted late last year.

LOUISVILLE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES 2020 COMMUNITY SURVEY QUESTIONS

Louisville City Council last week approved questions some residents will see on a community survey in the next couple of months.

MIDDLETOWN TO OUTLINE MANY CHALLENGES IN STRATEGIC PLAN

Town Council members and department heads drew from a recent survey of town residents during an almost four-hour long strategic planning session Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS EARNS HIGH MARKS IN COMMUNITY SURVEY

Results of a recent community survey showed Grand Rapids residents have a positive view of living in Michigan’s second-largest city.

WOODINVALE QUALITY OF LIFE RATED HIGHLY

Woodinville residents enjoy a high quality of life, feel safe in their community, prioritize mobility and value the city’s overall economic health, according to a survey conducted by the National Research Center. Areas of improvement include quality affordable housing and traffic flow throughout town.

RICHFIELD COMMUNITY SURVEY FOR 2020 BEGINS

Starting today Richfield residents are being asked to participate in the 2020 Richfield Community Survey, administered by the National Research Center. The survey will measure resident satisfaction around quality of life, city services, programming and amenities. In addition to the online option, the survey has also been mailed to 2,500 residents.

PAUL FANLUND: THE CAP TIMES IS IN AN ERA OF ‘OPEN WATER’-HOW ARE WE DOING?

When I’m asked how my career in journalism has evolved, I often use this analogy: Early on, it felt like being on railroad tracks. Today, it’s like being on open water.

February 2020

WALNUT CREEK RESIDENTS GIVE CITY HIGH MARKS IN NATIONAL SURVEY

Most of the news was good, some of it was disappointing and very little of it was a surprise, with the 2019 National Community Survey results showing Walnut Creek residents love their downtown, schools, open spaces and general quality of life, and don’t like traffic congestion.

SURVEY SAYS: JUPITER RESIDENTS LUKEWARM ON INDOOR REC DEVELOPMENT; WORRY OVER TRAFFIC

Residents are pretty pleased with their town, generally giving Jupiter high marks across the board on a recent survey.

MO CITY SURVEYING CITIZEN SATISFACTION

Missouri City residents have the opportunity to make their voices heard regarding the future of their community.

APACHE JUNCTION RESIDENT SURVEY UNDERWAY

The City of Apache Junction is conducting a comprehensive quality-of-life survey and information about the survey is in the mail.

APACHE JUNCTION RESIDENT SURVEY ENTERS ONLINE PHASE

Residents of the city of Apache Junction are invited to respond to a comprehensive quality of life survey the city is conducting.

January 2020

CITY OF OAKLEY ASKS FOR RESIDENT FEEDBACK

The Oakley City Council and staff are inviting residents to chime in regarding various aspects of city operations.

600 PLUS RESIDENTS KICKED OFF DECATUR’S 2020 STRATEGIC PLAN

More than 600 Decatur residents gathered together Thursday evening at the Marriot Courtyard’s Decatur Conference Center to kick off the city’s 2020 strategic planning process. The last plan was released in 2010. Mayor Patti Garrett opened up the night saying that she was delighted to see so many people in the audience.

OAKLAND COUNTY SURVEY ASKING RESIDENTS TO RANK MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES

Oakland County leaders want residents to make their voices heard. Through Jan. 10, residents can visit www.OakGov.com to access the county’s Citizen Survey 2020.

SURVEY GIVES CITIZENS CHANCE TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS

Making any decision without the necessary information is an easy way to make bad decisions. How can you effectively know what to improve or what should stay the same without asking the people who deal with those issues everyday? The answer is you can’t.

NORTHPORT RESIDENTS RATE CITY QUALITY OF LIFE HIGHLY

Eight in 10 residents of the city of North Port rated the quality of life good or excellent, according to the recently released 2019 version of the National Community Survey.

BOISE POLICE TO RAMP UP TRAFFIC SAFETY ENFORCEMENT

A 2020 goal for the Boise Police Department focuses on the fact that traffic safety is key to neighborhood safety. According to a Boise Police Department news release, officers across the city will be paying increased attention to traffic violations at major intersections, school zones, and neighborhoods.

IN THE CITY: COMMUNITY SURVEY REVEALS STRENGTHS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE SERVICES

Since 2011, the city of Fort Collins has conducted a Community Survey in order to hear directly from residents about their satisfaction with community amenities, their local government, and the overall quality of life in Fort Collins.