The iMesa initiative is all the buzz in Mesa as residents continue to submit great ideas and engage in creative discussions about what Mesa needs to move forward as a community. The online tool for iMesa utilizes crowdsourcing, a type of mass online collaboration to collect fresh ideas and stimulate discussions related to a particular topic
23 February 2011
The iMesa initiative is all the buzz in Mesa as residents continue to submit great ideas and engage in creative discussions about what Mesa needs to move forward as a community. Mayor Scott Smith launched iMesa at his annual Mayor’s Breakfast and issued a call to action for residents to engage in a process – iMagine, iNvest, iMprove – to Build a Better Mesa. Part of the iMesa strategy is to use technology to engage residents like never before. The online tool for iMesa utilizes crowdsourcing, a type of mass online collaboration to collect fresh ideas and stimulate discussions related to a particular topic. Crowdsourcing outsources a project to the public that may have typically been assigned to city employees.
“One of the major selling points for the iMesa technology component is that the City does not pay a dime for the crowdsourcing tool. UserVoice is available to the city at no cost for civic engagement purposes such as iMesa.” City of Mesa Manager of Technology and Innovation Alex Deshuk said. “UserVoice is also low in support costs and has vast possibilities when it comes to enabling the gathering of public input, stimulating creative ideas and voting their support.”
iMesa is designed to invigorate Mesa through transformative community projects. It is a grassroots investment and improvement effort where residents submit, vote and comment on ideas that will transform the community. The ideas are then collected by Mayor and Council appointed committees who will report recommendations back to the Council.
“The site is a tool to get the iMesa program rolling.” Mayor Scott Smith said. “Once we have collected ideas and vetted them in citizen committees, then the fun begins with selecting and implementing iMesa projects developed by residents.”
To view the conversations occurring today, log on to http://www.mesaaz.gov/imesa (click on feedback tab). The City is also working on mobile apps to make accessing the iMesa site even easier on-the-go.
For more information, contact Melissa Randazzo, City of Mesa Public Information Officer, at (480) 644 3219 or Melissa.Randazzo@mesaaz.gov.
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