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For Immediate Release
July 28, 2014

Contact
Audrey Seymour Ramberg
Assistant City Manager
650-780-7300
aramberg@redwoodcity.org

Redwood City Launches "RWC Forum"
New Online Community Engagement and Idea-Sharing Tool

Redwood City, CA - Building on its reputation for using leading-edge tools in communicating and interacting with the community, Redwood City announced today the launch of a new online civic engagement platform named RWC Forum. Accessed via www.redwoodcity.org/rwcforum, this is an online place for community members to generate and share ideas for the future of Redwood City, learn about and offer feedback on City projects and initiatives, and contribute to the plans and programs that make Redwood City a great place.

The RWC Forum site presents multiple topics that will be periodically changed as new issues or opportunities for participation and engagement arise. Topics can be open-ended "big picture" questions about policies or what's going on in the community; more focused polls or surveys on specific issues or upcoming projects to solicit ideas and comments; or photo sharing and other ways for people to express their perspectives on the community.

"There is extraordinary value in the broad range of ideas, solutions, and participation of the Redwood City community," said Redwood City Mayor Jeffrey Gee. "I invite everyone to join in this great new way to build community - bring your own ideas for how to make Redwood City even better, offer your feedback on projects and proposals, and share your perspectives on City priorities and other community topics."

RWC Forum is designed to make it easier for community members to productively participate in working together with the City to identify issues, make plans, and take action. The site also measures and tracks participation, identifying the most interested community members and the most compelling topics, provides for City communication back with participants, and delivers measurable results and invaluable insights from the community for the City's planning processes.

As more people embrace the use of technology, Redwood City continually strives to offer the tools and channels of communication that will bring our community together. RWC Forum is the City's latest offering in the realm of such technology, complementing existing tools such as myRWC (the City's service request mobile app), the Next Door neighbor-to-neighbor social media site, the Police Department's use of live video chat and its online reporting and crime information, a variety of e-newsletters, the Parker smartphone app (Downtown parking), critical and emergency notifications via NIXLE and CodeRED, and a variety of online services through the City's website.

At the same time, for those members of the Redwood City community who prefer more traditional communications, the City continues to offer direct engagement through its meetings, workshops, and hearings, hard-copy brochures and flyers, news releases and newspaper ads, and other "high-touch" tools.

The community is invited to join with friends, family, neighbors, other caring community members, and City staff in the new online engagement tool RWC Forum - www.redwoodcity.org/rwcforum.

Visit Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City's newsletters and other City documents at www.redwoodcity.org/newsletters.

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