Jurisdiction members are invited to participate in Public Technology Institute's December monthly meeting.
*This meeting is for PTI jurisdiction members only.*
About the Event: Virtual Community Engagement
The restrictions on local gatherings put in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic forced local governments to find new ways to safely engage with their constituents. With virtual town halls replacing the long-standing in person meetings, officials must consider the policy and legal implications, ensure equitable public access, and have the technology infrastructure necessary to move to a virtual engagement.
For example, the City of San Luis Obispo, California traditionally held a community forum in a large venue where residents would attend presentations by the top management. Participants would then break out to booths where City department leaders would directly engage with the public. This year the City is planning a community forum where residents can provide input to help establish community-based goals to be incorporated into the City's 2021-23 Financial Plan. However, they will hold this meeting virtually. This input will enable the City Council to prioritize City projects, programs, services and initiatives so that resources and budget can be assigned to those items that are most important to the community.
Miguel Guardado, Information Technology Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo will lead this discussion on what local governments need to consider when moving to virtual engagement and share what San Luis Obispo IT department is doing to make their virtual forum a success.
Please contact: Dale Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.