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City of Louisville seeking ideas for new app

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Calling all smart phone users who live in Louisville: Your input is wanted. 

"This is a great opportunity for the city to advance our technology and our interaction with the citizens," said Louisville's Director of the Department of Information Technology Jason Ballard.  

A team within the department is in the beginning stages of building a new app. This type of work has been a priority for Mayor Greg Fischer and the city already has apps like MetroCall311 out there. 

"We think there's some opportunities to enhance and improve the existing ones, and then also add some additional ones as well and create a broader portfolio to cover more of the things that we do for the city," Ballard said. 

This question has been on for about 10 days: "What do you want in a city mobile app?" 

"Some of the most popular responses we've gotten so far have to do with a calendar, an actual full calendar people can use," said Scott Render, who's on the E-Government Team. 

Render is one of the people sifting through submissions. One read, "I would like an app that shows me how my tax dollars are spent each year..." 

He says popular ideas also include traffic alerts and making it easy to contact Metro government employees. 

"People want to be able to schedule meetings with the city on their phone," Render said. 

This is the idea phase and department officials say they want to hear more. 

"We need more people to fill out the survey," Render told WDRB News. "We want to get as many possible responses from people so we have a much better sense of what sort of app we want to build." 

"We want to start this transformation this summer and just kind of see where it goes and continue to improve and add and enhance capabilities as we go," Ballard said about the project timeline. 

If you're interested in submitting an idea, click here.

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