Icount links Holladay Residents to City Leaders

Holladay residents have a new way to access their city leaders. In a partnership with the City of Holladay and Icount.com, residents can use technology to voice their opinions, and politicians have access to their constituents using an innovative format to enhance communication. Holladay City Manager Randy Fitts says residents can have their opinions heard and officials can receive and share information with people in the city. "Citizens can express an honest viewpoint without being afraid of taking a position in public," he says.

The Icount website includes city-specific polls and surveys to gauge pulic reaction on issues. The first question asked is: "What makes the City of Holladay unique?" To be involved with the poll, visit www.icount.com and register. Residents can only answer polls and surveys for their hometowns so the feedback doesn't get diluted with outside opinions.

"People can express their opinion about the Village Center and there's an option in the future for demographic studies," Fitts says.

Frustrated with the inability to communicate with local government leaders, Icount CEO Troy Bingham designed the forum for hyperlocal interaction between politicians and residents. "I wanted to use technology in a way that hasn't been done before. [Residents] can log in and have their voices heard." The main Icount service is free to cities. Politicians can link their Twitter feeds to the site so residents can follow the progress of legislation and city-related issues. Residents can submit suggestions for surveys, ask questions, and voice opinions regarding legislation.

Fitts says receiving accurate information from the residents is essential to developing the city in the most effective way. He hopes people will log onto Icount and get involved. "This is about legitimate people making legitimate comments," Fitts says.

By Brad Rutledge, Icount