Best practices

August 02, 2017

As recently as last year, Philadelphia required any vendors interested in working with the city to submit bids by physically bringing in a box with three paper copies. When it came to sealing subsequent contracts, the vendors could do so online, but the final nine internal steps were all paper-... read more

July 31, 2017

As urban migration takes it toll not only on municipal services and infrastructure, it also has an impact on quality-of-life for residents. Smart city technologies is an umbrella term but the concept is to gain sensory data to institute changes that address both efficiency and how city-dwellers... read more

July 17, 2017

When Genevieve Gaudet needed to assemble a new team of designers and engineers for New York City government, she started noticing some of the pitfalls of the government job application process. She had, of course, experienced the hiring process herself when she applied for her own job.

July 05, 2017

By now, we've all read and heard about the internet of things. Cars that drive themselves will carry us to buildings that recognize us when we enter, and unless our jobs have been taken over by robots we will be able to do them much more efficiently, thanks to data aggregated from billions of... read more

May 26, 2017

What is good government and which cities practice it? Those are the questions driving a new annual report of U.S. cities. For the first time ever, the nonprofit Living Cities partnered with Governing to study how cities measure up to their definition of a high-performing government.

Image by Descrier on Flickr. Licensed under CC BY.
May 26, 2017 | with Carles Agusti, Local Advisory Board Member, Leading Cities - Barcelona

Evolution, innovation, change... these are concepts inherent in our society—natural, permanent, ever-present moments of acceleration and deceleration. Captured in Darwin’s theory of evolution and witnessed daily in the rapidly changing landscape of technology.

May 16, 2017

Every day, seven million rows of new data are created in the City of Chicago alone, and countless billions of rows of data are generated across all of state, local and federal government. And yet while there are islands of innovation in government where data drives day-to-day decision-making,... read more

May 11, 2017

Deploying data analytics, forging departmental performance agreements, holding bi-weekly performance management sessions and following lean strategies have yielded a positive cumulative fiscal impact of more than $3.3 million in fiscal 2017, Cincinnati officials informed the mayor and city... read more

April 07, 2017

Flexibility. If there's one thing that everybody involved in government procurement - chief information officers, procurement officials, vendors and civic tech folk - appear to agree on, it's that the future of government's technology-buying should be more flexible. The trend in that direction... read more

April 03, 2017

Graphic designer and illustrator Jason Craig lives in Augusta, Georgia, but he travels a lot to nearby cities like Atlanta and Columbia, South Carolina, for creative contract work and entrepreneurial camaraderie. "I wish I didn't always have to leave to do cool work," Craig says.

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