"I was lucky enough to stumble on to PlaceSpeak earlier this year, just in time for a test of our tsunami emergency warning system. I used PlaceSpeak to provide location specific feedback on the strength of the sirens. The process worked so well that I am planning to use PlaceSpeak for our next test of the system. Looking forward, PlaceSpeak is being considered for use in our OCP review and upcoming zoning review. I would highly recommend PlaceSpeak for all types of projects, plans, and activities that have a geographical aspect. The ability to crowd source information through PlaceSpeak makes it a valuable, affordable, and responsive tool for local governments."
- Aaron Rodgers, Manager of Community Sustainability
"PlaceSpeak has provided the Freeman Arts/Earth Center the opportunity to connect with not only local residents, but connected constituencies across the United States. PlaceSpeak’s ability to differentiate from what location survey, discussion, and poll responses are coming from allows us to provide evidence-based information to key decision-makers regarding community needs about the project. Working with the PlaceSpeak team has been a pleasant, efficient experience, and our project has saved both time and money by adding PlaceSpeak to our public engagement strategy"
- Joshua Hofer, Senior Project Coordinator, Freeman Education and Research
"In early 2015, NEWS 1130 partnered with PlaceSpeak to engage our listeners and web/social media followers in their thoughts during the Metro Vancouver transportation plebiscite. We were pleased to find PlaceSpeak allowed us to venture into a deeper and more meaningful understanding of how people feel about this important vote and issues directly related to specific neighbourhoods in the region. We captured elements of differences across the region. As a result, our news reports contained true stories of impact based on geography. Great content! Moreover, working with Colleen and the PlaceSpeak team was a terrific experience."
- Bruce Claggett, Senior Managing Editor - News1130 at Rogers Communications
The Vancouver School Board
"The Vancouver School Board has a commitment to reach out to our public over social media. We have a Facebook page and Twitter accounts as many organizations do. We chose to use PlaceSpeak as a way to embed meaningful content and reach out to the public to both inform and engage. We didn’t feel that traditional tools could easily do this for us. We have begun with a survey of our public on their interests around public education and now are engaging in threads online where we are seeking specific input on topics. We have been very pleased with how PlaceSpeak as added to our repertoire of ways to reach out to the public. We look forward to using the tool more in the future and this give people one more way tof get engaged in the dialogue about what matters for children and our communities. PlaceSpeak has allowed the VSB to claim its place online and we now have one more way to consult with the public on things that matter to us all."
- Jordan Tinney, Deputy Superintendent
"CH2M HILL used PlaceSpeak on the public engagement for the Whitehorse Corridor project.
We elected to use PlaceSpeak because the interface is straightforward and recognizable, but also because it allows us to geo-reference responses received. Given that we are dealing with a 40km corridor which is used by residents, tourists and for goods movement, it is particularly important for us to understand where feedback originates. The PlaceSpeak platform provides us with this ability.
The interactive mapping tool which was developed for the purposes of this project works very well and is a good add on for this consultation, allowing people to jump to the segment of the corridor in which they are most interested. The ability to scroll through the mapping, and jump to the video are also a great features.
Thank you again for helping to make this project a success for CH2M HILL and for Yukon Government."
- Peta Wolmarans, MCRP MRTPI, Vice President
Long Range Planning, City of Chilliwack
"PlaceSpeak has provided our planning team with an additional opportunity for engaging residents in our project. The ability to easily upload and edit information on the site allows us to quickly respond to issues, provide project updates in a timely manner, advertise events, and share information with subscribers. Overall we have found it to be a valuable addition to our public engagement program, providing opportunities for residents to learn more and contribute information at any hour of the day, providing a viable alternative to traditional planning approaches for sharing information and consulting with stakeholders."
- Karen Stanton, Manager of Long Range Planning, City of Chilliwack
"Building community in Fort St. John is critical to our success. PlaceSpeak has made a meaningful and measurable difference in our capacity to engage our citizens, explore new ideas and generate valuable information for decision makers."
- Lori Ackerman, Mayor, City of Fort St. John
"PlaceSpeak had a very unique positioning for us to be able to get to the people and then go back to them"
- Wayne Wright, Mayor - City of New Westminster
Recreation, Culture, and Parks, Township of Langley
"PlaceSpeak proved to be a successful platform for our public consultation regarding a new Aldergrove Community Centre. It was important that we understand where our feedback was coming from, and PlaceSpeak provided this verification."
- David Leavers, Director - Recreation, Culture, and Parks, Township of Langley