Catherine Geanuracos
July 20, 2021

Can streamlined special event permitting help your community rebuild connections?

The CityGrows team hosted a webinar in April 2021 to review the benefits of special events and block parties for local communities and to demonstrate the positive impact of digitizing special event permitting.

There's ample research showing the benefits of special events and block parties for communities:

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded our "weak ties" with neighbors and community members. This lack of connection can have serious impacts on mental health.

With CityGrows local government can bring special event permitting online (as compared to paper or PDF-based processes). Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Increase number and diversity of events
  • Reduce staff time required to manage special events
  • Reduce total time needed to approve events
  • Confirm acceptance of COVID safety guidelines
  • Open lines of communication with applicants
  • Improved ADA accessibility compared to most online PDFs

If you'd like to share this research with your community - please feel free to download our presentation or share our video:

Catherine Geanuracos

Catherine is the CEO and a Co-Founder of CityGrows. She's dedicated to supporting local governments and helping them improve outcomes for their residents and staff members. She is a former VP of the City of Los Angeles Innovation and Performance Commission and co-founder of LA's Code for America Brigade Hack for LA. She's based in Los Angeles.

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