The City of Roanoke is launching Zencity, a new digital community engagement site to inform and engage residents about upcoming plans and initiatives and shape them together with the community through collaborative conversations. Through Zencity Engage, the City will create engagement sites for local projects, upload supporting information, and invite residents to give input using interactive participatory tools. The site will enable the City to more easily incorporate more resident voices in the planning and execution of priority initiatives to improve local services and the overall quality of life.
“We are thrilled to launch this new platform and provide our residents with a direct line to their City government,” said Angela O’Brien, Assistant City Manager. “At the City of Roanoke, we are committed to providing our residents with the best services possible and Zencity will help us do just that.”
“Forward-thinking leaders like City Manager Bob Cowell and Assistant City Manager Angie O’Brien understand that effective local government must make it easier for residents to participate and leverage data on their needs and priorities,” said Eyal Feder-Levy, CEO of Zencity. “We are proud to provide a platform for cities like Roanoke to reach more voices in the community and turn that input into action.”
Zencity works with hundreds of municipalities across the U.S. including Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, and San Diego on issues ranging from public safety to Capital Improvement Projects or American Rescue Plan Act implementation.
The new community engagement site will inform and gather feedback from residents in up to 27 languages and make it easier for residents to participate—on their own time, from wherever is convenient. The first projects featured will be the City of Roanoke Equity Initiatives, the Belmont-Fallon Target Area, the Washington Park Pool, and the launch of a Community Survey. The link to Roanoke’s Zencity Engage Hub can be found on the City of Roanoke Website at https://www.roanokeva.gov/2196/Community-Engagement.