Posts Tagged: local government

Unions Competing With Private Sector Saves Chicago $1 Million

In an ongoing experiment to determine the best way of delivering recycling services, the City of Chicago has been divided into six zones, four of which are being serviced by private sector companies and two that are serviced by city employees. During the first quarter of competitive bidding, Chicago has saved $1 million (a 31%Read… Read more »

Chicago launches innovation fund, asks city depts to create apps

Chicago was one of the first cities to release government data with the hope of enticing civic hackers to create apps to help citizens and government improve services. So far, the experiment has been successful with several new applications powered by government data coming online for citizens. Now, city officials hope to expand these effortsRead… Read more »

Those Who Cannot Find the Past…

or, rather: Those Who Cannot Remember Find the Past… by Keith Knapp, SF2012 Along with my fellow fellows Shaibya Dalal, Carla Hansen and Janice Levy, I’m currently working on a small team project seeking to push forward the vision of San Francisco as a living laboratory for testing of innovative clean energy solutions – akaRead… Read more »

Combating duplication with open government

Originally posted on opensource.com. The second CityCamp Colorado started off with two speakers from the City of Denver setting the stage for the day’s theme: enhancing access to government. Held at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility on October 28, 2011, more than 70 people gathered to participate, learn, and advance the open governmentRead… Read more »

Running a Council Twitter stream

It’s terrifying. There. I said it. Judge all you like, if you’ve ever run one yourself. Have you? Or have you just sat there in your comfortable ergonomic chair in your comfortable study in your comfortable house sniping at everyone else getting it wrong? Because I hold my hand up freely – I was inRead… Read more »

Local Gov IBM Report: Smarter, Faster, Cheaper

This morning I read an interesting report from IBM, Smarter, Faster, Cheaper, An Operations Efficiency Benchmarking Study of 100 American Cities. IBM provides a bleak report of local governments in the introduction, the authors state: According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), local governments in the United States are collectively facing a $225 billion structuralRead… Read more »

People Power: Harnessing Citizen Energy Via Social Media

Last week, I had the opportunity to present for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) summer meeting along with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Earlier this year, he announced that Baltimore County would be launching 23 technology initiatives and he shared a bit about their social media efforts to communicate more effectively with citizens onRead… Read more »

Project of the Week: Memphis PD – Fighting Crime with Analytics!

This week’s Project of the Week is brought to you by one of GovLoop’s 2011 Major Partners, IBM. As the year continues they will be present on GovLoop to help you with any Analytics questions you may have. Dr. GovLoop recently caught up with Nathan Greenhut of IBM about how they’ve been of great assistanceRead… Read more »

Poor City Management: City Hall Mistake Accidentally Hires Couple

Here is a very disheartening article from my hometown of Syracuse, New York. On Sunday, the Syracuse Post Standard reported that Eileen and Brendan Caver were unintentionally hired by Syracuse City Hall. The Caver’s quit their jobs in Iowa and were set to make the move to Syracuse, only to learn that a mistake hadRead… Read more »