City of McKinney launches Virtual Town Hall

City of McKinney has launched a new online platform called the Virtual Town Hall to engage residents on topics such as budget, council priorities, maintenance projects, development and even address rumors circulating in the community.


The “Water Cooler Chat” forum is live for residents to share any McKinney related questions or rumors they have heard and would like city administration to address.

City Manager, Paul Grimes, hopes this tool will broaden civic engagement and build public trust in the local government.

About the platform:

The tool is created and moderated by Peak Democracy, a company that moderates the forum to ensure the discussion stays civil, on topic and within legal bounds.

The platform allows for various engagement options like surveys, polls, priority lists, idea submission and area plans that may be incorporated in the future.

This includes engagement exercises like the area plan portal that allows citizens to place pushpins on a map to give feedback on where they would prefer bike facilities or a new park. The budget portal invites citizens to allocate funds between categories, and the priority list portal asks citizens to arrange items in order of importance and allows for open-ended comments.

When you post your first statement, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is only used to identify statements from residents in and near McKinney – so that users know which statements are from local residents.

Access the Virtual Town Hall and join the conversation.

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