Bowling Green Civic Assembly

People attend the Bowling Green Civic Assembly Town Hall on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at La Gala. (Austin Anthony/

The Civic Assembly is an approach to helping communities by strengthening the feedback loops between citizens, civic groups, elected leaders, and local media. The Bowling Green Civic Assembly consisted of three phases that put this new approach into practice in the city of Bowling Green in southern Kentucky.

The survey, or Virtual Town Hall, took place over the course of a week (February 4th-10th, 2018) on the Bowling Green Daily News website.  In a ‘self-generating’ online survey called,  Bowling Green residents responded to statements made by one another, resulting in dynamic opinion groups. The results of the Virtual Town Hall then structured the agenda for a large public forum—a traditional Town Hall meeting with local elected and community leaders on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018. The following day, a small Community Workshop connected participants with local civic groups working on issues surfaced in the survey.

Timeline of events:

  • Virtual Town Hall, February 4th-10th, 2018

  • Town Hall, Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

  • Community Workshop, Friday, February 23rd, 2018


Bowling Green Daily News: "Community workshop sheds light on local issues, closes civic assembly," by Don Sergent (February 23rd, 2018)

Bowling Green Daily News: "Let's talk: Town hall brings residents, public officials together," by Don Sergent (February 23rd, 2018)

Bowling Green Daily News: “Town Hall portion of Civic Assembly is Thursday,” by Don Sergent (February 21st, 2018)

Bowling Green Daily News: "First-ever civic assembly gives residents chance to be heard," by Don Sergent (Feb. 4th, 2018)


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