New website solicits input for long-term flood recovery plan

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 1:30pm
Staff reports

Metro officials are hoping a new website launched last week can help jump-start the creation of a long-term flood recovery plan.

The site, found at http://townhall.nashvillerecovery.com, is designed as a way for Davidson County residents to contribute to the city’s recovery planning effort following May’s catastrophic flooding. Nashvillians can also call or text in their ideas at (615) 270-9939.

As an incentive to get people engaged in the website, its first 500 visitors will each generate a $5 donation to the flood recovery organization of their choice, according to a release sent by Mayor Karl Dean’s Flood Recovery Team.

MindMixer, the company that is hosting Metro’s website, has pledged a total of $2,500 to various nonprofit groups that are offering flood assistance to Nashville families. Those who visit the website are to select a participating nonprofit organization, which includes The Housing Fund, Hands on Nashville, Habitat for Humanity and United Way.

Earlier this month, the flood recovery team held community meetings around town to solicit public input on the long-term recovery effort. Ideas submitted on the website are to be combined with suggestions made at those meetings.

The flood recovery team has organized six community design workshops on the following topics: housing, economic development and jobs, education and social services, neighborhoods, and sustainability. The workshops are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23.