Posts Tagged: municipal

Non-Emergency 311 Centers Can Save Lives

When disasters strike towns and cities, 911 centers quickly become inundated with calls beyond those that are truly life-threatening situations. The result is that emergency response is delayed which can sometimes lead to deadly consequences. A case in point is a story in the New York Post about how New York City’s 911 center was… Read more »

GovBytes: Free Wi-Fi, Comparing (Refurbished) Apples to Oranges

A California city, built on an orange industry which fell in the face of international competition, is regaining its footing through the growth of several technology and business programs made possible by citywide free wi-fi. Program Helps City Close Digital Divide The renaissance in Riverside can be attributed in large part to the SmartRiverside initiative,… Read more »

Who’d be on your Open Government team?

Like Samuel L. Jackson, I’m putting together an elite team of superheroes… an OpenGov team! This will be an internal team at the City of Reno, made up of existing staff. The team’s mission would be to identify and implement opportunities to share data & information, as well as develop policies and procedures related to… Read more »

Bring Code for America to Your Town in 2013!

Code for America’s Fellowship Program Join us for a Webinar on December 13 Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/483299846 In Code for America’s first year we built more than 40 civic applications to help government provide services more openly and efficiently, and better engage with their constituents. But more importantly Code… Read more »

FOSE 2011, plus ECM’s Benefits To Your Agency

Last week as I walked the exhibition hall at FOSE 2011, I was amazed at how much innovation is aimed at making our United States Government (the greatest in the world) even better. I had some great conversations with government employees, consultants, and vendors who are trying hard to make agencies more efficient, more effective-in… Read more »

NAGW Comments on USDOJ ANPRM re: web accessibility

Notes From NAGWThe National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW.org) submitted a response to the USDOJ Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making, CRT Docket No. 110, (Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations) on January 24, 2011. Representing the interests and concerns… Read more »

3 Reasons Why Cities Should Focus on Seniors, Not Whippersnappers

Last week, I served on a panel at the National League of Cities Congress in Denver, Colorado. Fellow panelists included Harvard’s John O’Leary, The Performance Institute’s Alan Shark, Muni Gov 2.0 co-founder Pam Broviak and Social Media for Responders founder Mark Basnight. Each of us offered our insights about the state of social media in… Read more »

Convincing Local Governments

Notes From NAGWThe question I hear most often when I present about Morris County’s use of social media is “how did you convince your governing body to do this?” Governments need to be in social media because their constituents are in social media. It’s really that simple. Readership statistics tell the story. Newspaper readership is… Read more »

How Public Safety Agencies Can Use Social Media to Engage Their Employees

The Los Angeles Fire Department is a pioneer among public safety agencies and emergency responders in the usage of social media. The Department’s initial social media efforts began in 2005 and have since garnered recognition nationwide. LAFD’s presence is spread across multiple social media channels including Twitter, Facebook (look up the group “Los Angeles FD),… Read more »

Great Article on GASB 45 Rule

For municipalities with less than 100 employees, there is a low cost and reliable solution to remain compliant with GASB Rule 45. Check out GABS Help and related article below. http://www.empoweredmunicipality.com/accounting-for-post-employment-liabilities-for-municipalities