While the City of Santa Cruz, CA, is best known for its surfing and the beach boardwalk, the City is quickly becoming known for its interactive social media strategy for engaging residents in resolving the City’s budget crisis.
Santa Cruz officials realized that it couldn’t wait 12 or 24 months for community forums and elections; decisions needed to be made immediately with the help of its residents. As a result, the City just launched a special community feedback portal at http://budget.santacruzcityca.gov/ which gives residents an opportunity to offer City leadership constructive suggestions to the City’s fiscal problems.
In this session, Peter Koht, economic development coordinator, will discuss the City’s social media strategy and best practices for other cities looking to use the technology. He will also provide insights to Web 2.0 vendors on the type of issues that local governments are dealing with and the technology they need to address these issues.
Peter Koht is the economic development coordinator at the City of Santa Cruz. Prior to this, he headed the Arts Commission at the City of Santa Cruz, was an account manager at Good Times Santa Cruz and taught at San Francisco State University and University of California, Santa Cruz. Peter currently serves on the board of Santa Cruz Next and Central Coast Public Radio.
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