This is a guest post by Rebecca Wage, Customer Success Manager at Socrata. Context is key to accurately understand and leverage information. That’s why the team at the City of Williamsburg, Virginia, recently retooled the way they communicate and present their monthly operating reports. The goal? Improve transparency and engagement with their city council and residents.
This post was written by Ellen Harpel, founder of Smart Incentives and president of Business Development Advisors LLC (BDA), an economic development and market intelligence consulting firm. Post originally appeared on Smart Incentives blog. City leaders have many concerns about the cost and effectiveness of economic development incentives in their communities, as we learned from the
This is the fourth in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2012 State of the City speeches. The economy is slowly recovering from the debilitating effects of the Great Recession to a point that maybe, just maybe, will allow mayors to breathe a little easier. But they certainly cannot rest their feet on the desk, put
The first installment in a series on “Innovation and Cities” These are tough times for cities, economically and politically. Our own research points to a period of managed retrenchment where city leaders are confronted with undesirable choices — cuts in vital services, laying off personnel, delaying needed infrastructure investments, to name a few. But, times
Despite the recent push for transparency, this concept is not a new one for local governments. Cities around the country have been employing various methods to increase transparency – simply, be more open to the public – in their day to day practices for years now. From broad engines of information like city websites (San