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What are your big ideas to improve the Gainesville community?

22 registered big ideas


1) Of the city's four guiding areas, which connects with what's most important to you?

Response Percent Response Count
Strong Economy (small business; job diversity) 45.5% 10
Greater Equity (access to city programs & services) 13.6% 3
Future Planning (youth, seniors & families; natural resources) 31.8% 7
Community Model (partnerships with the university) 9.1% 2

2) What is your biggest idea for how the city might better impact your life?

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December 7, 2016, 10:34 AM
  • 1) Of the city's four guiding areas, which connects with what's most important to you?
    • Strong Economy (small business; job diversity)
  • 2) What is your biggest idea for how the city might better impact your life?

    I think the opening of more small businesses opens up more job opportunities, especially to students.

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engageGNV has two participation channels:

  • The Registered Channel: Sign in before or just after you submit your Big Ideas. Either way, Open Town Hall will show your Big Ideas on this website.
  • The Unregistered Channel: Don't sign in and remain anonymous. Open Town Hall will just share your Big Ideas with Gainesville staff.

Note: The first time you sign in, you'll need to register (establish an account on engageGNV). Registration is free.

The City of Gainesville has contracted with Open Town Hall to monitor Big Ideas shown on this website.

  • To prevent any single user from dominating the forum, the City of Gainesville restricts the number of Big Ideas any one user can post on selected topics. Registration helps Open Town Hall enforce this restriction.
  • Users, staff and government leaders often want to know the neighborhood from which a Big Ideas is posted. Open Town Hall uses registration to show the neighborhood next to each Big Ideas (not the address).
  • If a user posts a Big Ideas that does not meet the City of Gainesville guidelines for civility, Open Town Hall uses the user's email address to invite the user to resolve the issue.

Open Town Hall will get your contact information. The company is under contract with the City of Gainesville to hold it in strict confidence per their privacy policy.

  • Since you'll see your own Big Ideas on engageGNV, you'll be able to confirm that your Big Ideas was posted as you intended.
  • You'll be able to change and/or delete your Big Ideas as long as the topic is open.

Yes. Sign out, then set your privacy preference to be "No - just show it without my name to staff". You won't need to register.

While no authentication procedure can perfectly detect every fraudulent registration, Open Town Hall is able to secure the registered channel against systematic fraud: cases where users submit enough statements with fraudulent registrations to sway the overall interpretation of the feedback.

Open Town Hall is unable to secure the unregistered channel against systematic fraud, because unregistered users are anonymous.

Neither the registered nor the unregistered channel represent a certified voting system or ballot box - and that caveat is footnoted on every page of feedback. Instead, both are additional channels for feedback to government.

Users can participate on the registered channel (by signing in) or on the unregistered channel (by remaining anonymous). The City of Gainesville offers both channels in order to broaden participation and maximize decision makers' insights.

The registered channel enables users to assure decision makers that their feedback comes from a real person in a specific neighborhood. It also enables users to participate in a public discussion on the website, as well as manage their own Big Ideas after posting it.

The unregistered channel is for users who want to provide quick feedback without registering, and/or whose privacy concerns would prevent them from participating if required to register. Because many users with valuable insights will only share them anonymously, this channel gives decision makers the option to consider those insights in their deliberations.

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