April 3, 2014 Philadelphia – Councilman Bobby Henon today helped to kick off Philly Tech Week 2014 with the announcement of two new digital tools for constituents. The tools are aimed at providing accessibility to elected officials and constituent service as well as mapping monthly zoning variance and building safety hearings, respectively.
Henon partnered with Textizen, a civic dialogue platform that allows residents to connect with a powerful mix of offline outreach and online engagement, for a new text message program. “Text Bobby” will allow constituents to reach the Councilman’s office via text message from any text-ready mobile phone.
Users will be able to send an SMS (short message service) to 215-392-6606, and immediately receive a confirmation. From there, the Councilman and his staff will be alerted of the constituent issue – from fallen trees and pothole repair to zoning issues and questions about pending legislation, and will respond with answers within 24-hours.Read more