I came across a new platform for engagement, community, and participation from the City of Portland. CitySync gives residents and business owners a personalized way to access local news, information, and events in and around the city of Portland.
CitySync aims to provide residents with a number of customizable features, from location-based news feed, transportation and transit alerts and community forums. Here are three areas the new hyperlocal portal will deliver content for Portland, Oregon residents:
- PDX Democracy – Stay on top of upcoming City Council agenda topics, browse past Council session agendas and video, and share your ideas of how to make Portland an even greater city.
- Shop Local – Discover new businesses in your neighborhood, browse deals from local shops, and learn more about the stories behind the businesses you love.
- Portland Schools – Easily browse local school achievement data, including Adequate Yearly Progress reports, SAT score averages, and more.
CitySync wants to engage local citizens allowing them to submit and vote on new ideas and is engaging civic-minded developers, by holding a CitySync Ideas and Apps Challenge, hosted by CivicApps.
Portland has always been a model for open data and civic minded application development. The new CitySync portal looks like a model that other cities can look to for developing their own hyperlocal community web and mobile applications.City Portal / Civic / Content / Developers / Oregon / Portland / Schools / Shop Local