VERONA, NJ - The Township of Verona introduced Verona residents and businesses to PlanetCivic, a new digital platform aimed at increasing community engagement in local decision-making and supporting local businesses. The online platform allows Verona residents and Township officials to post surveys, pose questions and receive feedback on proposed initiatives. Effectively, PlanetCivic serves as a virtual Town Hall, where residents can voice their opinions without necessarily attending a Town Council meeting. In addition, PlanetCivic offers a comprehensive business directory and promotional tool for local businesses as a way to support local buying.

"We are very excited to launch a brand-new civic engagement platform for Verona residents through PlanetCivic," said Steve Neale, Verona's Director of Administration and Economic Development. "PlanetCivic is a platform designed to increase civic engagement by fostering constructive dialog between citizens and elected municipal representatives, increased citizen participation in local decision-making and community building through volunteering, public recognition and buy local programs."

The goal is for PlanetCivic to become online platform that Verona residents use to share new ideas and feedback instead of posting information in various online social media groups in the hopes of making things easier for Township officials to track and create a more efficient way of communicating information with the public.

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In addition to allowing Township officials to propose initiatives the township is thinking about, PlanetCivic empowers residents to submit their own proposals and seek community feedback. Verona will be the first municipality in the state opening this platform to resident driven initiatives, in addition to township driven initiatives. 

Another feature is the new ShopVerona module that the Township of Verona helped PlanetCivic develop over the past year. This feature is unique to Verona, which is the first town in the state to launch this new module. It allows all types of local businesses to list their products and services, and allows them to create digital coupons that residents can claim and use when shopping local.   Several Verona businesses hae registered in the system and many others are waiting for the platform to launch before diving in. In addition, the Township, in partnership with PlanetCivic, has developed the system to allow for businesses to communicate directly with one another through this platform, creating a stronger, more unified business community. 

For an overview on PlanetCivic, visit .