The City of East Lansing is excited to announce the launch of Polco, an innovative public engagement platform where residents can have input in their local government’s decision-making process.
By using Polco, the City of East Lansing is making public participation easier for residents by meeting them where they are. The City will post questions directly to residents regularly via Polco’s app and website, and residents can begin sharing their feedback by downloading the Polco app for Android or iOS, or by visiting https://polco.us/eastlansing and signing up. The service is free to all residents and Polco is committed to a strict policy where they only share aggregated, de-identified results. Participants’ individual data and votes are never shared.
New questions will be posted every second and fourth Tuesday of each month, providing residents with an opportunity to share feedback on a variety of topics - from budgeting priorities, placemaking efforts, downtown development and more. This launch coincides with the City’s implementation of Priority Based Budgeting – a priority-driven approach to budgeting that enables resources to be allocated to the programs and services that provide the greatest value to residents. The City will be gathering residents' feedback on its priority-based budget.