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Community engagement research and news for local government leaders

Tackling Government’s Wicked Challenges

Today’s societal concerns may feel nearly impossible to overcome. But there is a proven formula local governments can use to tackle the most wicked challenges of our era—from a changing climate to economic concerns. Join us for an upcoming webinar presented by National League of Cities to learn new strategies.

New Podcast Episode:
Workplace Team Dynamics

Screenshot 2023-06-08 at 8.02.18 AMNational Research Center at Polco reports that engaging employees drives retention. In this episode, the Polco marketing crew discusses the team's dynamics and why workplace assessments are valuable to local governments.

Latest Articles and Research

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



Data can rally councils and managers around the same shared goal for the best decision-making.



How Polco Powers Strategic Planning in Five Steps

Achieve strategic planning success with resident engagement and community data. 



What is Community Engagement? 

What is community engagement exactly? Learn what it is and effective engagement tools that local governments love. 

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Case Studies

How Fate Increased Sales Tax Revenue With Economic Improvements

Acting on resident feedback, the Texas City implemented new branding, improved its downtown core, and renovated blighted land.

New White Paper: A Roadmap to Real Collaboration in Budgeting

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Balancing Act, which is now part of Polco, co-released a white paper with GovTech companies Envisio and Questica that shows local governments how to bring the budgeting process into the modern age. Old fashion budgeting methods make it difficult for stakeholders to get on the same page. This leads to a budget that does not fully support strategic goals. The white paper, A Roadmap for Real Collaboration in Budgeting, gives readers a straightforward guide to align decision-makers around what is most important.

Download the white paper


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 survey residents and get ideas for yourself! 

  • St. Anthony, MN - Community Input Survey on Climate Planning 🌳 
  • Roselle, IL - What Makes Roselle a Great Place to Live? 🏘 
  • Decatur, GA - Adoption of Proposed 23-24 Budget Survey 💵 
  • Montpelier, VT - Unhoused Vermonters Summit Survey 🏠 
  • Eden Prairie, MN - 2023 Equity and Inclusion Survey 🫱🏾‍🫲🏽 
  • Denver Public Library - Should DPL Rename its Barnum Branch Library? 📚 

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