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Community engagement research and news for local government leaders

How Shakopee Made Taxpayer Education Enticing

Learn how the Minnesota city launched a successful taxpayer education campaign. Shakopee used Polco’s Taxpayer Receipt, a tool that shows residents a line item breakdown of where their tax dollars go. To get residents to use the tool, the City used innovation, humor, and relatability in a promotional video to tackle the seemingly mundane topic of taxes.

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New Webinar: Top Ten Ways To Build a Vibrant Downtown

Downtowns are a main driver of economic growth. But vacant spaces, street camps, and business concerns hinder them from thriving. In this webinar, see what makes a downtown boom. Hear success stories about revitalized city centers. Inspire your own downtown’s potential. Coming 2/29.


Latest Articles and Research

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

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On-Demand Webinars

How To Build a Data-Driven Culture for Successful Community Decisions

Learn tips from experts on how you can overcome resistance to innovation and create a data-driven culture in local government. 

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Ten Most Important Community Livability Measures Governments Should Track

Governments now have an easier way to measure the success of their community services and livability—without needing to hire a data scientist.

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Missed Opportunities To Build Trust in Local Government Budgeting

Survey results show what local government leaders currently think about the state of budgeting and if they're ready to innovate.

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Case Studies

How Coral Gables Received 24,310 Survey Responses

Discover how the Florida city transformed a survey into a community event success.

Copy of The Urban-Rural Divide and Proven Methods Helping Local Governments Bridge the Gap

Building Trust in Police–From the Workplace to the Community 

Trust in law enforcement has wavered in the recent past. Lost trust leads to staffing issues, lowers morale, and ultimately affects police services.

Learn how other public safety leaders maintain positive relationships with their residents through community-centered policing. 

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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 local governments use Polco to engage residents and get ideas for yourself! 

  • Whitehall, TK – Law Enforcement Priorities 👮
  • Woodstock, VA – Park Master Plan 🌳
  • The State of Montana – Veterans Long-term Care Needs Survey 🇺🇸
  • Borger, TX –  Community Garden Survey 🌸
  • South Lake Tahoe, CA – Bijou Park Connector Multi-Use Trail Survey 🥾


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