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Community engagement research and news for local government leaders

New Polco Partnership Gives Governments Better Data

Local governments are focused on making data-driven decisions. But the available information is often incomplete and misleading. Polco partnered with industry leaders to enhance local government analytics and performance measurement by providing data that tells a story.

Congratulations to the 2022
Voice of the People Winners!

VOPWinner2022_FateTXICMA Executive Director/CEO Marc Ott presents a VOP award to Fate, Texas. 

Each year, Polco and ICMA present the The Voice of the People (VOP) Awards. The accolade recognizes governments that listen to resident sentiment and take action. See the full list of this year’s winners

Latest Articles and Research

Learn more about community engagement insights and trends leaders should know.

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Case Studies

How Goodyear Became a Highly-Rated Workplace

The National Employee Survey helped the Arizona city become a top-rated organization. 



Leaders Reveal the Biggest Local Government Budgeting Challenges

We asked local government officials what they think makes budgeting so difficult.



How Local Government Leadership Can Alleviate Workplace Stress

The NES shows that managing poor performing employees and lack of recognition are the biggest issues in local government workplaces.



Fostering Leadership with Ukrainian Youth

Polco partnered with YouLead youth program to sponsor a young Ukrainian to come to the US and learn leadership skills. 

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Find Polco at the 2022 NLC City Summit!

Polco partnered with NLC to create a survey that captured a bird's-eye view of regional infrastructure spending needs. Our Solution Session, Better Infrastructure Decisions Through Resident Feedback, focuses on how NLC intends to use the data to help communities achieve their goals. Thursday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. CT 

And be sure to stop by the Polco booth #633 and say hello! 


It's Halloween time, but that doesn't mean community engagement has to be scary! Some may think asking for feedback encourages complaining. However, cities that reach out to residents are often the most successful. Polco encourages collaboration—not complaints!—so don't be afraid to spark  participation and improve your community together. 🎃
Jessie O'Brien | Polco Copywriter and The Civil Review Editor

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