In 2012, our team set out to solve a very real problem: Government never has enough resources to provide every project and service citizens want. To date, our solution to this problem has been citizinvestor.com; and thanks to you, Citizinvestor has grown to become the largest crowdfunding platform for government projects in the United States with more than 170 government partners. But our vision has always been larger than crowdfunding government projects, because “investing in your community” goes far beyond writing a check. When citizens propose ideas to make their cities better places to live, they are investing in their community. When citizens work together with officials at City Hall to determine the feasibility of civic projects, they are investing in their community, And yes, when citizens financially contribute to a public good, they are investing in their community.
Today, we are unveiling something big. Something we have been dreaming up for almost two years. Something that will make investing in your community easier and more meaningful than ever before. Today, we are launching Citizinvestor Connect: a white-labeled software product that gives governments and citizens the tools they need to work together to propose, prioritize, and crowdfund public goods.
Citizinvestor Connect closes the civic engagement loop from citizens proposing projects to improve their community, to government providing feedback on those ideas, to raising funds for those projects, to tracking the implementation of the projects by the government entity. There are many products that focus on one of these steps of the civic engagement loop. Citizinvestor Connect is the first to bring them all together in a single solution. You can learn more about how Citizinvestor Connect works and sign-up for a demo of the product at connect.citizinvestor.com.
Government entities can continue to crowdfund projects on citizinvestor.com at absolutely no cost. But we expect many municipalities, states, and federal agencies will take advantage of the suite of tools we are making available exclusively through Citizinvestor Connect to empower the deepest level of civic engagement.
This is a big move for our company and for the civic tech market as a whole. We hope you will sign-up for a demo of Citizinvestor Connect to learn more about how your city can best empower citizens to invest in your community!