FORT WORTH, Texas, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Downtown Forth Worth, Inc., in collaboration with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and the City of Fort Worth, are pleased to introduce the launch of FutureDowntown.org, a new online community engagement website which allows both residents and planning experts the ability to learn about the Downtown 2023 Strategic Action Plan, propose ideas for downtown Fort Worth, and provide feedback that will be reviewed and considered for implementation into the project. Participants can also second ideas, expand upon existing ideas, and collaborate online with officials on a variety of project issues anytime, from anywhere.
"No matter the topic, our FutureDowntown.org is able to engage a far more diverse audience of participants than can attend traditional planning meetings," says Allan Howeth, Chairman of Plan 2023. "Now, instead of having to travel to a planning meeting, people interested in providing ideas for Plan 2023 can simply jump online and participate from anywhere at any time of the day or night."
The online engagement tool is designed and powered by MindMixer, an Omaha-based company who develops and implements community engagement systems for cities across the U.S. and overseas. Other civic clients include Houston (http://ideas.ourregion.org), Plano (www.engageplano.com), and Denton, Texas (www.engagedenton.com). MindMixer also provides engagement websites for regional planning projects, colleges, school districts and political entities.
According to Nick Bowden, CEO of MindMixer, "We believe in building connected and contributing communities. MindMixer tools help enhance collaboration and engagement. Engagement generates ownership. Ownership generates action and problem solving."
FutureDowntown.org measures and tracks participation, identifying the most interested citizens and most compelling topics, and makes it easy for administrations to communicate back to the participants. The website is also multi-lingual to allow for greater participation.
Nathan Preheim, Co-Founder and COO states; "The user experience for participants is enhanced with videos, photos and interactive maps. The easy-to-use platform works for citizens of all ages, which generates a broader, more diverse audience and more effective community participation. No matter the topic, our tool delivers measurable results and invaluable insights for community leaders and elected officials."
As part of its service, MindMixer consults and collaborates with its clients on an ongoing basis to identify issues that are critical to stakeholders in order to update topics and content for their websites.
Contact: Nick Bowden