‘Let’s Talk Blacksburg’ launches as new citizen engagement platform

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – On Tuesday, the Town of Blacksburg launched a community engagement platform called, “Let’s Talk Blacksburg.”

The platform is a moderated website designed to encourage citizen ideas and social engagement, gain feedback on Town initiatives, and prioritize community interests.

“Let’s Talk Blacksburg” allows residents and other community members to get involved, participate in community decision-making, and provide feedback on a variety of topics.

Through the website, the town will listen, engage, provide timely project updates, and report back to the community about how their feedback has contributed to decisions that are being made.

Citizens can take surveys, provide comments and suggestions, interact with other community members, brainstorm ideas and receive future updates about projects of personal interest – simply by registering.

The forum offers an additional online opportunity to have their say, at their convenience, even though the Town will continue to offer traditional, face-to-face engagement opportunities.

“Our goal is that everyone affected by an issue impacting their community has a say in the decision making around it. We believe this is the way to build understanding and develop meaningful solutions to complex issues.”

Matt Hanratty, Assistant to the Town Manager

The site, which can be found by clicking here, offers opportunities to learn about and provide feedback on Blacksburg’s growing housing affordability challenges; town infrastructure for our changing climate; the design of a community garden program; design of the Draper Road streetscape; and much more.

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