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Cottage Grove is Partnering with Polco to Gather Resident Input

The City has partnered with Polco, a civic participation technology platform, to help receive input from residents on initiatives, current ideas, and issues facing the city. Throughout the year, residents will have a chance to answer up to five questions per month on a variety of topics. 

The first set of six questions, which cover safety, parks, and communications, have been posted.  They will be available to answer through Aug. 31. 

Residents can participate on Polco by visiting the City’s Polco web page at www.polco.us/cottagegrovemn or by downloading the Polco app for Android or iOS. Residents will be required to create an account to confirm they live in the community, make sure everyone has a voice, and receive notifications when new questions are posted. Polco is committed to a strict privacy policy and residents’ individual information is never shared and cannot be accessed by the City.

By using Polco, the city is making public participation easier for residents by meeting them where they are.  Residents participate by creating a free account with Polco to confirm they live in the community, make sure everyone has a voice, and receive notifications when new questions are posted. Polco is committed to a strict privacy policy where they only share aggregated, de-identified results. Participants’ individual data and votes are never shared and cannot be accessed by the city.

The My Future Cottage Grove community engagement and visioning project showed that residents are engaged, especially digitally, which led to a project recommendation to continue to test and use digital engagement tools with residents. Additionally, one of the initiatives in the City’s strategic direction Engaging the Community and Forming the Vision is to develop a plan for a community survey. The City’s partnership with Polco helps meet both objectives.