KINGMAN - The Western Arizona Council of Governments wants input from the public to help develop a marketing plan for transit services in La Paz County and Mohave County.
Transit programs in regions such as Mohave County help residents remain as self-sufficient as possible. One of the most important transit services for senior citizens provides transport to medical appointments and pharmacy visits.
"The transit service providers are often times the only way people have to get around. Without our services, they would be homebound. We take that very seriously," said Michele Walker, transit mobility manager for WACOG.
Walker is responsible for helping organizations in communities such as Kingman apply for funds that can be used to purchase vehicles and fund some operations. She works with organizations such as Solo America, Mohave County ARK, Dolan Springs Transit and Kingman Regional Medical Center to secure funding for their transit programs.
Because Walker and WACOG serve the senior, low-income and veteran demographics, the organization is aware that not everyone has access to the Internet. They are looking for input to see what methods are best for reaching out to the community.
This includes advertising via the Internet, newspapers, periodicals, printed materials such as maps and brochures, and providing information via a 1-800 number.
"What we are seeking is public input on how to get information about services to people, and what the best route is for you," said Walker.
WACOG wants to know what materials would be the most helpful, what radio stations residents listen to and what publications residents read.
To submit input, residents can complete a survey card and submit it to WACOG by Dec. 29.
Cards are available at the WACOG office in Kingman, 208 N. Fourth St., or at the various organizations that work with WACOG. The cards are self-addressed with pre-paid postage.
The public can also submit input to Michele Walker by phone at (928)753-1374 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.