City Launches New Resident Engagement Webpage
Palmer Harvey and Jaime Howley of the Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today Housing Task Force share feedback during a 2018 iTeam session. The city of Syracuse now has a new website to help residents find volunteer opportunities and community resources. | File Photo

City Launches New Resident Engagement Webpage

Staff Report

The city of Syracuse has a new online tool for residents to get involved in local government and the community. The new “Resident Engagement” webpage makes it easier for people to learn about
35 agencies, boards, commissions and committees affiliated with the city. Residents can also find open volunteer opportunities.

The easy-to-use portal, available at goto.syr.gov/residentengagement, also lets users upload a simple
application to be considered for opportunities.

“This new way of connecting with local government helps ensure opportunity for all. We need everyone – whether it’s starting up an Adopt-A-Block team in your neighborhood or serving on the Syracuse Public Art Commission,” said Mayor Ben Walsh in a press release. “We hope this site makes it easier to find ways to offer time and talent to some wonderful openings across many different boards, committees, commissions and initiatives.”

The webpage features two types of engagement:

Mayoral Appointments: Structured commitments, where most entities are governed by government charters or nonprofit by-laws and require an application and appointment from the mayor. These are overseen by the city and other levels of government, such as Onondaga County, or nonprofit organizations. For each opportunity, users will find a brief overview of the specific responsibilities and size of the board, commission, committee or appointment, as well as relevant information for residency requirements, compensation and term limits. Some of the featured boards are designated by local laws for a specific purpose, and some are legally required to manage annual reports, public meeting minutes and documents to make public the business they conduct. Others provide guidance that may influence policy making decisions by governments or nonprofit community organizations.

Volunteering: Flexible time commitments offering a way to connect with neighbors and that do not require an application.