Where local government and tech intersect

What are the Top Best Practices for Effective Proactive Governance?

Proactive governance requires an invested interest and effort by City Hall to engage with residents and embrace resident feedback. This means taking feedback into account for city policies, priorities, initiatives, and other needs that may arise for the community. An open line of communication – and responsiveness to it – in turn, creates public trust and improves the services that a city provides. That being said, effective proactive governance is a delicate balancing act. How do civic leaders know if they are doing it right, especially when communication has shifted to the digital format?

What’s Trending for Mayors in 2019 at the 87th Annual US Conference of Mayors?

The origins of the US Conference of Mayors lie in the streets of Detroit during the Great Depression. Detroit, just like the rest of the country, was suffering from high unemployment rates and starving citizens that the City couldn’t handle on its own. The Mayor of Detroit, Frank Murphy, asked for help from the federal government and President Hoover, but to no avail. He took a proactive approach and instead decided to search for solutions from those who understood what he was going through best: other mayors.

BBQs, Fireworks & AI: How Technology Can Help Local Governments Manage 4th of July & Other Summer Events

Ah, summer. It’s that time of the year where any thoughts of sweaters are pushed aside, while sunshine, trips to the beach, BBQs, and 4th of July fireworks take center stage. It’s also that time of year when local governments across the country are hard at work putting on fabulous events. Lot’s of them. Whether it’s live concerts or artisan fairs, a large number of people will be heading out to experience summer festivals and the like, including city and county sponsored affairs.