The Task Force began its work by engaging with St. Louis community. They were charged to understand the thoughts, concerns, and values of the public related to potential governmental reforms. In order to do so, the Task Force conducted seven public forums attended by over 400 people and collected over 1,200 online engagement surveys. More than 250 stakeholder meetings were held to discuss all aspects of local governance. The Task Force also held three youth engagement sessions with 45 participants and three large community events that drew over 500 attendees. This community input, coupled with Better Together’s studies, were critical in shaping the ultimate recommendations put forth by the Task Force.