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Judge Lina Hidalgo Has A Plan To Boost Public Engagement In Harris County

An online survey is aiming to get public input on topics such as transportation and early childhood, and there are other initiatives.

Lina Hidalgo (center) presided her first meeting as Harris County Judge in Houston on January 8, 2019.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo wants her administration to be characterized by engagement with county residents and is following several strategies to attain that goal.

The first is a countywide online survey launched Monday to get public input on topics such as transportation, early childhood education and the prioritization of storm recovery resources.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese. It can be taken at the website talkingtransition.us but teams of canvassers will also distribute it across the county starting Tuesday.

Hidalgo said the survey is an opportunity for herself and her team "to learn from community members as we shape our policy agenda moving forward."

Another component of Hidalgo's plan to boost the public's engagement is the "Transparency Project," which will consist of announcements to provide information about the mechanics of county government that will be complemented with statistics to make people interested in learning more.

Additionally, "Civic Saturdays" will start in February and will feature classroom-style classes about county government, as well as town halls and action plan workshops that will focus on specific topics.

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