AmherstTalks bridges the gap between local government and residents by inserting a previously missing element: Interactive, asynchronous community engagement. Connect with your town government and fellow residents about issues that affect YOU! AmherstTalks is the product of a partnership between the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure (iDPI) at UMass Amherst and the Town of Amherst.


AmherstTalks is a place for thoughtful discussion. It’s a place to connect with your neighbors and town government, and to keep in the know about what’s happening in your backyard. We want everyone to feel free to share their perspective and to feel safe, welcome and respected when using AmherstTalks.

In summary, we ask you to uphold one main idea as you use AmherstTalks: These are the people in your town. Treat everyone here with respect.

You don't need an account to read the discussion on AmherstTalks, but you do need an account if you want to participate. To see the discussion on AmherstTalks without an account you can go to this link.

Terms of Use

Disclaimers: The Town of Amherst uses external social media as a public service. The Town of Amherst disclaims liability for advertising, videos, promoted content, or comments accessible from any external web page. Any inclusion of external content or comments does not imply endorsement by the Town of Amherst. The Town of Amherst does not discriminate against any views, but it reserves the right to remove inappropriate submissions, in the sole judgment of the town, that fall outside our terms of use.

Terms of Use: External individuals or entities posting to the town’s social media pages are solely responsible for their comments. By using Town of Amherst social media or Town of Amherst hosted pages you are agreeing to our terms of use.

The Town of Amherst reserves the right to remove in its sole discretion:

  • Comments not topically related to the particular topic being commented upon
  • Profane language or content
  • Discourteous communication including personal attacks on an individual’s character or appearance
  • Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination based on any protected class
  • Sexual content or links to sexual content
  • Solicitations of commerce
  • Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity
  • Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems
  • Content that violates legal ownership interests of another party
  • False or misleading information regarding town services