Cities around the country struggle with what is the strategic advantage they have over other areas. Knowing what your strengths are and building upon that through a coherent strategy is what successful cities do.
Cities like Buffalo, NY continue to struggle as far as focusing on a specific strength to build upon. The . . . → Read More: Milwaukee Reinventing Itself As A Center For Water Innovation
One of the most important actions a government body takes is the passage of a budget. A community’s priorities are reflected in their governmental budgets. In todays economic times budgeting at the local government level is not easy. Tough choices have to be made as to what items receive funding, what items are . . . → Read More: How 3 Cities Are Obtaining Citizen Input For Budgets
Oregon’s Secretary of State Kate Brown is seeking to make voter registration of individuals automatic. Brown’s plan, would allow Oregon to automatically register new voters at the time they apply for a driver’s license. Those new voters would initially be registered as unaffiliated with any political party. At a later date, they’d receive . . . → Read More: Should Voter Registration Be Automatic?
Creativity is the number one skill needed by companies today. Constant change and innovation is necessary for organizations to thrive and survive today. Yet most City Halls and Town halls do things as they have always done them for many years.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino created the Mayor’s Office of New Urban . . . → Read More: Experimenting In City Hall
As communities across the country make more information available on-line, greater attention is being placed on making that information more understandable to the public. In particular government budgets are often reported in a format that is hard for most people to decipher and understand.
The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) several years ago . . . → Read More: Educating Citizens About Government Finances