About Better Together Edina
Welcome to Better Together Edina, the City of Edina's online space to share information and hear from you! Your community and government make better decisions when you have a voice in the process. Better Together Edina is part of a broader city effort to make it easier for people to engage with their local government.
Use Better Together Edina to contribute your ideas and ask questions about featured projects, at times that work best for you.
Better Together Edina will often use online feedback in conjunction with face-to-face consultation activities – such as meetings, open houses or surveys – to reach a more representative cross-section of our community.
Question: How do I submit my feedback?
Submit your feedback via the online discussion forums, quick polls, forms and surveys relevant to each of the projects currently open for consultation.
To participate for the first time, simply:
- Sign up for Better Together Edina by clicking on the "Sign In" button in the top right of any page
- Choose a username and password
- You will receive an email to validate your email address
- Return to the website and click the "Sign In" button
Note: Your comments will appear under your username, and you can comment anonymously through a username of your choice.
Question: Why is the City of Edina engaging online?
Better Together Edina gives you the opportunity to have your say on issues that are important to you, at a time and place of your choice.
- It is quick, safe and convenient.
- It is a great way to keep up to date on projects that matter to you.
- It's a comfortable platform for people to share a range of different views
Question: Why do I need to register to this site to make a comment?
While registration is not required to read participant comments on Better Together Edina, it is necessary for many of the ways to leave feedback. We ask you to register to the website for a few reasons.
- It helps us keep you informed about upcoming projects and opportunities to engage.
- It allows you full access to comment, share and participate on the site.
- We can keep you updated if something major changes during a project or consultation.
Question: Can I use this site anonymously?
Yes, you can use this website anonymously. Even when you register and post comments, your anonymity is protected because you are identified by your chosen username.
Question: What happens to my feedback/comments?
All comments, ideas and suggestions are collated and used by the relevant project teams to inform the development of strategies, programs and activities, or to gain an insight into community views and opinions.
Often, feedback provided online is used in conjunction with other face-to-face consultation activities such as meetings, open houses or surveys.
When each consultation closes, all contributions are compiled into a report, which will be presented to council when considering the particular matter.
All feedback provided during consultation will be considered; however, this does not mean that every suggestion will affect the project or be adopted as proposed.
Note: All comments you make through this website will become public records for anyone to read.
Question: Is my privacy protected?
Yes! Your privacy is absolutely protected and the City will only use your email to contact you with updates and to invite you to participate in consultations.
Your email address will not be distributed to any third party or used for any other purpose. Personal questions on the registration are completely optional. We do not require that information as part of your participation.
Question: Who can I contact about Better Together Edina?
If you have any questions about a particular topic, please contact a person listed under the "Who's Listening" section of the project.
For general questions about Better Together Edina, contact Community Engagement Coordinator, MJ Lamon at mlamon@EdinaMN.gov or Senior Communications Coordinator Kaylin Eidsness at keidsness@EdinaMN.gov.
Question: How are discussion forums moderated?
All public comments within discussion forums, guest books and questions and answers are moderated 24 hours a day seven days a week for inappropriate language, comments that disrespect other participants and for comments that are off topic. Spanish moderation is currently provided from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
All moderation is carried out by Bang the Table and all moderation is independent of the City of Edina. The moderators do not edit or alter any comments and will only remove comments deemed to be significantly off topic, offensive or malicious, in which case they are removed from the site immediately and the person who posted the comment is advised by email.