'There's An App For That.'
It started as a catchy slogan for Apple's App Store and over time, it has proven to be true. Nowadays, there really is an app for just about everything.
In Henderson, NV, located in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, Mayor Andy Hafen announced the city will start using a new iPhone app during the annual State of the City Address. The app is geared towards improving communication between residents and city officials. Locals can now take a photo of a public property in disrepair, and pass it along to the city. These photos will include GPS coordinates, which allow city workers to easily find the location. However, city crews will not directly deal with private property vandalism. The city will contact the owner, citing the code complaint, so the issue can be handled in an efficient manner.
This new app was built off an already existing program named Contact Henderson. Debuting two years ago, Contact Henderson has encouraged residents to become more proactive in their community. Users can submit coded complaints and voice other concerns through the city's website. Additionally these submissions can be tracked through to completion, so follow up phone calls and emails aren't necessary.
While this app is currently exclusive to iPhone users, both Android and Blackberry versions are expected in the near future. Opening this app to additional users, traffic to Contact Henderson is expected to greatly increase over the current 52,000 tips/questions in the system.