Let’s Talk Blacksburg Launched

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Earlier today the Town of Blacksburg launched a community engagement platform called Let’s Talk Blacksburg. Let’s Talk Blacksburg is a moderated website designed to encourage citizen ideas and social engagement, gain feedback on Town initiatives, and prioritize community interests.

Let’s Talk Blacksburg allows Blacksburg residents and others to get involved, participate in community decision making, and provide feedback on a variety of topics. Through the site, the Town of Blacksburg will listen, engage, provide timely project updates, and report back to the community about how their feedback has contributed to decisions that are being made.

By registering, individuals are able to provide comments and suggestions, take surveys, interact with other community members, brainstorm amazing new ideas and receive future updates about projects of personal interest.

Although the Town will continue to offer traditional, face to face engagement opportunities, Let’s Talk Blacksburg offers an additional online opportunity for users to have their say, at their convenience. Project pages offer a mix of documents, links, videos, and infographics that are designed by topic and for easy access.

“Our goal is that everyone affected by an issue impacting their community has a say in the decision making around it,” said Assistant to the Town Manager Matt Hanratty. “We believe this is the way to build understanding and develop meaningful solutions to complex issues.”

The site currently offers opportunities to learn about and provide feedback on Blacksburg’s growing housing affordability challenges; town infrastructure for our changing climate; the design of a community garden program; design of the Draper Road streetscape; and much more.

Blacksburg citizens and business owners are encouraged to register and start engaging with the town at http://letstalkblacksburg.org.