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$9,994
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 11 2017 7:46 PM UTC +00:00
$9,994
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
93
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 11 2017 7:46 PM UTC +00:00

About

Join the movement: Make one of the next Polco Cities yours

Polco is a simple digital communications tool for bringing local governments and their communities closer. The website and mobile app helps people participate on all kinds of issues — from roads to recycling to land use to public spending. Local decision makers can post questions and start discussions, and residents can share their thoughts and ideas to drive positive change in their communities. More than a dozen forward-thinking U.S. cities have already launched Polco to their communities. Now we want to bring the platform to 12 more cities nationwide for free, so residents and their local leaders can be more informed and make better decisions for their communities. And you can help!

Now more than ever

There's never been a better time to improve how citizens and civic leaders communicate. Although we're seeing a groundswell of public demand for more involvement in local governance, it can be hard for everyday people to stay informed and speak up on the issues. And for cities, measuring public opinion is often too costly or too unreliable to do on a regular basis. What if there was an easier way to make more people a part of the decision-making process at the local level? What if leaders had a secure, organized, and simple way to collect citizens' input on each issue?

How it works

We work directly with local governments to launch Polco in their city. Then residents are invited to set up a free, private account. When leaders need input or ideas, their questions show up in users' Polco feed — a secure, one-stop place where people can make their voices heard. For decision makers, it’s a steady flow of clear, reliable data to support good choices for the citizens they serve. For everyday people, it’s a simple way to stay informed and participate. 

What happens if we hit our goal

By backing this project and sharing with fellow citizens in your area, you'll help us to see which communities are ready and eager to launch Polco. Then, when we reach our funding goal, a few things will happen:

• We will give the 12 U.S. cities with the greatest number of backers (by population) free Polco for a year.

• Our team will be equipped to show hundreds more cities all over the country how Polco can drive participation and positive change in their communities — starting with the ones who showed the most interest in this project.

 • We'll have a growing base of people to help us make the Polco experience even better as more cities come on board.

Be sure to share this project with your friends who want a better way to engage with local government, especially in your home area — we'll be watching to see which cities show the strongest support!

Who we are

Nick Mastronardi, co-founder & CEO —Before starting Polco, Nick was a Senior Economist at Amazon and in the White House on the President's Council of Economic Advisors. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and served for more than 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Alex Pedersen, co-founder & COO —Alex previously worked as a Strategy and Operations analyst at Google and as a Political Science instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School. 

Risks and challenges

The success of Polco relies not only on citizens' desire to stay informed and participate, but also on the readiness of local governments to get the platform launched in their area. We know Polco can make a positive difference in every city in the country, and we make it very simple for civic leaders to get started. The challenge sometimes lies in getting new cities on-boarded in a way that suits their schedule and budget. Our promise is to work with interested cities as quickly as possible.

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    Backer Board Thank-You

    Because you believe in making local government more efficient and inclusive, your name or organization will appear on our online Backer Board and on our event materials. You'll also get an exclusive Backer badge on your Polco profile.

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    Participant

    As an early supporter of the platform, you can show your pride with a pack of Polco-branded items: sticker, window cling, magnet, coaster and can koozie.

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    Model Citizen

    You'll be included in our exclusive beta test group and invite-only Slack channel as we roll out new features, cities and decision topics. You'll also get a limited-run Polco T-shirt as a special thank-you.

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    Early Bird Special

    Your organization will have its own Polco account to help mobilize your network and verify support for the issues you care about. You'll also get a Polco-branded YETI 20-oz. hot/cold container, T-shirt, and pin.

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    Polco Pro

    Your organization will have its own Polco account to help mobilize your network and verify support for the issues you care about. You'll also get a Polco-branded YETI 20-oz. hot/cold container, T-shirt, and pin.

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    Polco Pioneer

    Make a big difference by sponsoring a full year of Polco access and services in the city of your choice.

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    Changemaker

    Join a special team to help chart the future of civic engagement across the country by taking part in our Future of Civic Communications event in November 2017. Hosted in Madison, WI, this working group of about 40 people will tackle key challenges and scope a five-year vision for how local governments can drive better participation. The half-day session will be followed by a happy hour reception with Polco founders, supporters of civic technology, city management professionals, and elected officials.

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Funding period

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