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Community engagement research and news for local government leaders

Studies show older adults want to age in place. But many older residents share concerns about nationwide accessible and affordable home shortages. In this webinar, learn how the State of Virginia and housing leaders create plans and raise funds to help their older adults remain in their homes as they age. September 19, 2 p.m. EST.

Take the Survey: How Does Your Local Government Budget?

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Budgeting has been done the same way for decades. It’s focused on line items and historical precedent is the main indicator of future spending. Traditional approaches have benefits, but they’re not nimble enough for a rapidly changing world. Balancing Act by Polco and GFOA want to know more about your local government’s current budget process and if your organization is prepared to implement new budgeting strategies.                         .  

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Latest Articles and Research

Learn more about public opinion insights and trends leaders should know.



Where To Find Polco at the 2023 ICMA Annual Conference

Join us at these events to get exclusive community research, discover emerging best practices in budgeting, learn how to make better decisions with data, and much more.


Case Studies

How Pinellas County Made Strategic Planning Simple

How the Florida county was able to produce a new strategic plan in half the time with Polco. 

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Polco Launches the Small Cities Pilot Program

A new initiative empowers smaller communities to make data-driven decisions with the boundless potential of data and resident engagement.

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Many public sector organizations struggle to fill vacancies and prevent turnover. This puts more work and responsibility on fewer people. But new research reveals how employers can drive higher job satisfaction and keep workers around. Learn more in this webinar brought to you by Polco and PSHRA. September 21, 1 p.m. EST.

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How Local Governments Engage Residents on Polco 🏛 

We love to see what surveys cities come up with on their own. Check out some of these recent examples of how communities use Polco to engage residents and get ideas for yourself! 

  • Rochester, MN - Sponsored Summer Music Events Survey 🎵
  • Roselle, IL - Infrastructure Funding Solutions Survey 🏗️
  • Denver Public Library - Should the Library Rename its Barnum Branch Location? 📚
  • Arlington Heights, IL - Are You Planning to Participate in Downtown Trick-or-Treating This Year? 🎃
  • Kearney, MO - Pit Bull Ordinance Survey 🐶

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