City of Ottumwa Adopts New Public Engagement Platform

Diversifying Engagement Through Technology

OTTUMWA – The City of Ottumwa is excited to announce the launch of Polco, an innovative engagement platform where residents can directly provide input to the local government decision-making process. By using Polco, the City of Ottumwa is making public participation easier for residents by meeting them where they are. Officials will post questions directly to residents on Polco’s app and website, where residents answer and comment on the questions.  The City of Ottumwa will soon be asking residents for their input on baseline and topical questions.  Specifically, the City of Ottumwa wants to know what residents think about issues relative to Parks, Law Enforcement and Code Enforcement. Polco will be submitting these questions to residents in the coming weeks and months.

Mayor Tom Lazio said “Polco is an important tool to solicit public comments about a variety of topics from local citizens.”

Residents begin giving input by downloading the Polco app for Android or iOS, or by visiting and creating an account. Polco’s platform is available via web, mobile app, email, and any place Polco e-ballots are found online. This service is free to all residents.

The first set of questions will be launched on January 8, 2019 with a press release to follow.

Polco is committed to a strict privacy policy where they only share aggregated de-identified results. Participants’ individual data and votes are never shared.

For further information, please contact City Administrator Andy Morris at 683-0600.