City of Boulder Launches Online Public Engagement Platform

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Boulder launches Resilient Together to better engage with the community

The city of Boulder has announced the launch of Resilient Together, its online engagement forum where residents are invited to get involved in current projects the city is deploying as part of Resilient Boulder.

One of the projects launched on the platform is designed to address the Ash Borer problem currently infiltrating Boulder. The public is asked to help identify healthy and infected trees through the online platform’s Mapping Tool. Ash trees are one of the most valuable and populus trees in North America but the Emerald Ash Borer insect poses a real threat as they infect Ash trees at a rapid rate and ultimately kill the tree. It’s been estimated that there are 98,000 ash tree’s in Boulder, alone. The information gathered on the forum will ultimately be used to develop an inventory of impacted and healthy Ash trees around Boulder and help put a stop to the issue.

Through their new online public engagement platform, residents will be able to voice opinions and thoughts on various projects such as The Emerald Ash Borer and Boulder Barrels. The information provided to the city will be utilized to help Boulder make more thoughtful citizen- involved decisions concerning issues that are important to sustaining a healthy and thriving community.

“The challenge local government has, and Boulder is no exception, is reaching a broader and more diverse set of community members,” said Boulders Chief Resilience Officer, Greg Guibert. “We cover challenging topics and we’re looking for ways to communicate with our residents.”

Bang the Table’s software, which facilitates Resilient Together through their primary product, EngagementHQ, has been a tremendous help in driving online engagement for the city. “Boulder is taking a lead in government engagement and is proactive in reaching out to citizens,” said Matt Crozier, CEO at Bang the Table. “Boulder is doing good work and we are excited to see a number of cities in Colorado adopt similar online engagement tools to reach their communities.” Crozier said.

Residents who would like to provide feedback are encouraged to visit http://www.resilienttogether.org/. The City of Boulder uses EngagementHQ, an online public engagement platform developed by Bang the Table. For more information, visit http://www.bangthetable.com/

About City of Boulder
Located approximately 30 miles northwest of Denver at an elevation of 5,430 feet, the City of Boulder is home to approximately 104,000 residents and the state's largest institution of higher learning, the University of Colorado. Boulder is a world-class destination with over 300 miles of public hiking and biking facilities. Its spectacular scenery includes more than 45,000 acres of open space. Boulder is a home-rule municipality that is self-governed under the Constitution of the State of Colorado.

About Bang The Table
Bang the Table was founded in Australia in 2008 with a mission of improving the quality of community involvement in public life. Created by government professionals who understand the ins and outs of public participation, Bang the Table works with over 500 organizations around the world such as the City of Sydney, Australia to help them better engage with their communities online. Bang the Table's software platform, EngagementHQ, includes eight tools that allow organizations to customize their online engagement to the needs of their communities. Bang the Table recently expanded to the U.S. where it now has a headquarters in Boulder, CO. For more information on Bang the Table, visit http://wwp.bangthetable.com/pr

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