A little over a year ago, we asked for your input on what our next priority area should be. After six weeks of public engagement, nearly 900 votes from residents, and input from the Common Council, the Mayor chose Housing Stability as our next challenge to tackle. Last month, the City of Syracuse launched 11 new housing stability initiatives to improve housing and reduce transiency for our residents…
On Wednesday, June 6th, and Thursday, June 7th, the Syracuse Police Department hosted public forums on police body cameras. The forums, held at the Onondaga County Public Library on South Salina Street, were led by Detective Mark Russin, and focused on community concerns regarding the use of body cameras and their footage. But behind the scenes, a different kind of assessment was being conducted: A behavioral insights trial…
When James Anderson took to the podium last week at the Bloomberg Philanthropies convening of communications directors from U.S. cities, he knew how to get my attention. James, who worked in a role just like mine under Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City, is now the leader of Bloomberg’s Government Innovation team. He showed us the hard cold reality from the Edelman Trust Barometer: Americans don’t trust government.
Voting for our next priority area is officially open! After an initial round of submitting ideas, six issues emerged as the most popular choices, from which we are now asking residents to vote on their top picks using a new online platform to builds community engagement.
Voting is now open at https://innovatesyracuse.com/vote and at several libraries and community centers!
If the Mayor could fix one challenge in the city this year, what would you want it to be?
Each year, we focus on one mayoral priority and use a design and data-driven approach to create and implement innovative initiatives and programs to address that challenge. As Mayor Walsh starts his first term, we are asking for public input to help select the next priority area.
We’ve posted before about how a human-centered design approach is integral to our research process, but it’s also a big part of our ideation and initiative development. Similar to how we need to work with residents who interact with systems and challenges every day to fully understand them, we need input from residents to know exactly what ideas will work most effectively to help them.