Partner Spotlight: Rochester, NY’s Urban Master Forest Plan

urban master forest plan

Instant Input partnered with the City of Rochester to work with city officials to get feedback on their Urban Master Forest Plan. The plan has received citizen feedback from over 300 survey responses via Instant Input’s project map. What’s Included in the Plan? Located within the Department of Environmental Services (DES), the City of Rochester’s […]

What is Youth Engagement and Why is it Important?

Youth Civic Engagement - Instant Input

In a rapidly evolving world, the role and voice of the younger generation is more critical than ever before. The challenges we face today, from climate change to societal inequality, necessitate a fresh perspective and innovative solutions, both of which the youth have in abundance. As stated by former U.S. President Barack Obama, our youth […]

Community Projects in Rochester, NY

We’re highlighting community projects in the City of Rochester, New York. Check out the following! Reimagined and Riverfront Promenades  Mayor Evans announced the Aqueduct Reimagined and Riverfront Promenades project in April 2022 as part of the ROC Riverway / Building Bridges to the Future initiative. The project aims to transform the Broad Street Bridge into […]

How to Participate in City Council Meetings

A city council meeting is a gathering of the elected officials who make up the governing body of a city or municipality. These meetings are typically open to the public and provide a forum for council members to discuss and make decisions about issues affecting the municipality they serve. The council may discuss a wide […]

Social Activism: What It Is and How to Get Involved

The roots of modern social activism lie in the 18th and 19th centuries with movements such as the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and labor rights. Social activism burst into the foreground in the 1960s with the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam anti-war protests becoming defining characteristics of a generation of Americans. Continuing into the […]

How to Get Involved in Local Government: Nine Ways to Contribute to Your Community

How to Get Involved in Local Government

Introduction Have you asked, “How to Get Involved in Local Government?” Ever wonder how a neighborhood park gets designed and constructed? Or who decides to install bike lanes in your city? It’s likely that your government representatives are actively working on dozens of projects to improve your community right now. This article will outline how […]

Public Transportation in Santa Cruz: Public Input’s Helpful Resource Guide

Public transportation in Santa Cruz dates back to the late 1800s when horse-drawn streetcars began operating in the city, to be replaced by electric streetcars in the early 1900s. In the 1920s, bus service was offered, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that a formal public transportation system was established. In 1968, the California State […]