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What's Next Alexandria
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Page updated Mar 6, 2014 11:15 AM

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Resources and Background Information on Civic Engagement

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"I expect consistency in the process, an interactive exchange of ideas leading to clear decisions which employ the general consensus of those involved, but also measured consideration of dissenting opinions. Decisions should be actionable and implemented swiftly. Decision -makers must be held accountable." 

(Table comment from the Community Dialogue, 11/15/12)










Staff has collected and reviewed information on what other communities around the country are doing to improve their public participation experience. Let us know if you have a resource to share. We'll add it to the list. In addition, you'll find media links regarding What's Next Alexandria.

National organizations  

 Community Dialogue Page_1 

Jurisdictions with notable civic engagement programs or reports:  

Examples of Online Engagement Platforms 

  • Action Alexandria – brings together neighbors and local nonprofit organizations to exchange ideas, coordinate efforts, and solve problems in our community.
  • Civic Commons – collaborative catalog of civic apps to help cities engage
  • Code for America - working to change the way cities work through technology and public service
  • Crowdsourcing - obtains ideas by soliciting contributions from a large group of undefined people from the online community
  • IdeaScale – online civic engagement platformWeb Box 4 image 
  • Mindmixer – online civic engagement platform
  • Neighborland – online civic engagement platform
  • OpenPlans – non-profit focused on open government and transportation
  • Open Town Hall – online civic engagement platform
  • The Project for Public Spaces -- Digital Placemaking
  • UserVoice – online civic engagement platform

Articles about Civic Engagement 

Media Links About the What's Next Alexandria Initiative 


Other links of interest 

For more information, contact Jerome Fletcher at 703.746.3727 or send an email to

301 King Street, Room 3500
Alexandria, VA 22314
FAX: 703.838.6343

Office Hours:
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