Howard County Launches ‘Crowdsourcing’ Project To Increase Citizen Engagement

Howard County Executive and MACo Past President Ken Ulman announced last week that Howard County has launched a “crowdsourcing” project to increase public input in the development of the county’s Department of Technology and Communication Services (DTCS) Strategic Plan. According to a Howard County press release, crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large community.  County residents will be able to provide input through the county’s “Ideas Page.”

“We are fortunate to have a wired and engaged citizenry to help propel Howard County forward as we strive to better meet the needs of those we serve,” said Executive Ulman. “Engaging both residents and the technology industry through this type of online, public forum will enable us to develop a stronger, more meaningful strategic plan.”

“Crowdsourcing is a great way to foster openness and identify innovative solutions to make Howard County, and government in general, stronger and more effective,” said Chief Information Officer Ira Levy. “We look forward to receiving guidance straight from those in the private sector and tech community so that we can continue to stay ahead of the curve.”

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