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CFW: Town hall goes virtual in Federal Way

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2011


MEDIA CONTACTS
Margaret Clark, Senior Planner, 253.835. 2646
Chris Carrel, Communication & Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Town hall goes virtual in Federal Way

Got a great idea for Federal Way but can’t make the public meeting? There’s an app for that. The City of Federal Way is launching EngageFederalWay, a virtual town hall for interested community members to share practical, creative and resourceful ideas for improving the city.

“We live at a hectic pace and it’s not practical for everyone to attend community planning meetings, but public input is vital to a healthy public process,” said Margaret Clark, Principal Planner with the City of Federal Way. “We’re introducing Engage Federal Way to open up the public discussion and get more people involved.”

EngageFederalWay, at www.EngageFederalWay.com, is powered by MindMixer, an innovative web application that allows the public to generate ideas, help others evolve their ideas, and ultimately support their favorite ideas. Residents can log on and contribute ideas at a time, and place, that’s convenient.

The new virtual town hall forum will focus initially on the City’s efforts to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and update the Twin Lakes Sub Area Plan.

Project ideas are being sought in the following areas:

• Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan: Favorite Places and Future Improvements
• Twin Lakes Sub Area Plan: Economic Development, Transportation, Land Use and Urban Design
• Healthy Eating/Active Living

“These discussions will establish a framework for future growth, what the Twin Lakes Sub Area looks like, where bike and pedestrian facilities are located,” said Matt Herrera, Associate Planner and Twin Lakes Subarea Project Manager. “We want as many people as possible involved in shaping that vision.” Herrera noted that residents can also get project and meeting information on the site.

Project ideas can be submitted on EngageFederalWay during the next several months. Users can submit as many ideas as they like. Users also have the opportunity to help others improve their ideas through discussion on the site. Ultimately, the virtual town hall community will identify the best ideas, which will be incorporated into the public planning process. .

For more information, contact Margaret Clark at Margaret.clark@cityoffederalway.com. or 253-835-2646.

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