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PRESS RELEASEUnwrAPP your City this Holiday Season!
Monday, December 16, 2013

(Barrie, ON) Just in time for the holidays, the City of Barrie has launched its new mobile app, powered by PingStreet. This free app provides residents with real-time access to curbside collection schedules, road closures, events and much more, directly through their mobile devices. The app is available for download via BlackBerry World, Google Play or the iTunes App Store; simply search “PingStreet” to download it to your mobile device. The launch of the app was announced exclusively to @cityofbarrie twitter followers on Friday.
 
“This mobile app is one more way we are encouraging public engagement and increasing customer service at City Hall,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “Whether it’s accessing garbage collection dates, checking road closures on the go, or reporting problems you spot around town, residents can now access the information they need and communicate directly with the City anywhere, anytime.”
 
The app includes a number of features that make it easy for residents to stay in touch with City Hall. The “Report a Problem” feature allows residents to take a photo of any issue they spot around Barrie and send it directly to the relevant department.
 
Residents can also take advantage of the “Make a Suggestion” feature on the new app, which works similar to crowd sourcing.  Residents can submit ideas for their City and vote on other ideas. Once a suggestion reaches 500 votes, City staff will review the idea and determine whether it can be implemented. The “Make a Suggestion” tool is also available through the City’s website at barrie.ca/suggestions.

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Media Contact:
Emma Sharpe
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4436
esharpe@barrie.ca

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