For 19 days in January, residents in Huntsville, AL used SeeClickFix to post and share their ideas for the future of economic development and planning in their community. As part of a city wide economic development summit, SeeClickFix powered their IDEAS Map, helping to collect nearly 1,000 ideas and over 4,800 votes from Huntsville residents between January 14 and February 1. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle explained the inspiration behind the summit, as well as the importance of the IDEAS Map in the community's economic success.
"The successes we've seen in economic development over the past year have been unmatched by any other community in our nation," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "Each of those successes started with an idea - and this summit is another incredible way for our residents to bring their ideas to the table. This summit is a chance for our residents to focus on economic development, learn more about our successes, our plans for the future - and, most importantly, present their ideas."
Ideas ranged from a grocery store in an underused retail space to improved public transportation throughout the Huntsville area. Residents discussed their ideas, voted for each others suggestions and provided city planners with a wealth of data to utilize in courting new developers. "Developing Ideas: Bright Ideas for Retail Development" was presented on April 7th and featured the almost one thousand ideas Huntsville residents submitted to their city through SeeClickFix. The top ideas submitted to the SeeClickFix IDEA Map were divided into several categories focused towards developing retail and restaurant offerings in Huntsville. Residents also used SeeClickFix to advocate for the sections of Huntsville they believed would be most attractive to potential developers.
From issues to ideas, or from graffiti to grocery stores, improving your community is a click away with SeeClickFix. We applaud Huntsville residents for taking an active role in their economic future, as well as their city officials for engaging citizens through the IDEAS Map!