Cities are under greater pressure than ever, struggling with budget cuts and outdated technology. Yet at the same time, cities around the world are finding new ways to do more with less, to innovate, and it’s shifting our conception of what’s possible. We believe this is just the beginning of a fundamental shift in the way our cities operate and how we engage within them.
So what does City 2.0 look like?
We'll learn more today but here's my 3 ideas:
1) Re-do how we deliver services - traditional mechanisms how we get input and deliver services has to change (from call center to mobile reporting, from 9 to 5 hours to flexible creative schedules)
2) New cost structures - With large budget cuts, cities have to rethink cost structures that we take for granted (should we mail property tax statements or can we opt-in folks to digital, if we can't afford to re-do a park can we do it with park advertising)
3) Rethinking talent - Baby boomers are overrepresented in local government and are starting to retire. So how will local governments get talent to solve their problems. We need to think outside of traditional lines and look to fellowship models like CFA, look to civic hackers and engage volunteers, and look to public/private partnerships
Join us today Tuesday, March 6th at 2:00 EST for a live chat as we discuss how cities around America are overcoming today's technology challenges. Here's your chance to get your questions answered by some of the top innovators in technology.
Full info here but simply go to govloop.com at 2est and you should see the live chat
Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer, City and County of San Francisco
Abhi Nemani, Director of Strategy and Communications, Code for America
Steve Ressler, Founder, GovLoop