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The Top 10 Most Commonly Reported Concerns in New Jersey, Part 2

by Alannah Dragonetti on November 16, 2018

Last week, we listed numbers 10 through five of the top 10 most commonly reported concerns in New Jersey, as determined by data aggregated by our Report a Concern digital form and GovAlert mobile app. This week, we bring you numbers five through one. Drumroll please...   READ MORE+

More than a Pretty (Inter)Face: 3 Tips for a Great Government Website

by Alannah Dragonetti on September 28, 2018

You’re at a restaurant with your dream date. They are good-looking and well-dressed. At every table, necks crane and eyes turn green with envy. You order the usual and your date orders the grapefruit drink. When the pink drink arrives, they look confused. “What’s wrong?” you ask. “I think that they have my order wrong. Grapes are either green or ... READ MORE+

Want Praise on Yelp? 3 Ways GovPilot can Help!

by Alannah Dragonetti on July 20, 2018

From beating Domino’s to the pothole filling punch to reversing property blight, local government has a lot of things to worry about. Did you know that a bad Yelp! review is one of them? That’s right—it isn’t only restaurant owners who are subject to public scrutiny. Yelp! users review cities from New York (“Awesome city, but too many rats!”, says ... READ MORE+

C U in Court: How 2 Cities are Lowering Crime Rates through Texting

by Alannah Dragonetti on July 13, 2018

“You have an upcoming court date and failure to appear will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.” It’s a text message that no one wants to receive, but as cities, New York and Nashville, have recently found, it’s a text message that many need to receive.   READ MORE+

City/County Managers: Keep Your Eyes on These 3 KPIs

by Alannah Dragonetti on June 15, 2018

You work tirelessly to manage your district, but is your process working for you? The answer lies within KPIs. Used in organizations across a variety of industries, key performance indicators (KPIs) are quantifiable values that demonstrate how effectively objectives are met. In a local government administration, of course, the objective is to ... READ MORE+

Flashback Friday: The Rise and Fall of Tammany Hall

by Alannah Dragonetti on June 08, 2018

The last year has seen shocking abuses of power in industries from Hollywood to Silicon Valley exposed. Abuse of power may play a role in current events, but it is by no means a contemporary problem. Indeed, local government offers a fascinating historical example. This is the story of notorious New York political machine, Tammany Hall.   READ MORE+

3 Benefits of Volunteering

by Alannah Dragonetti on April 27, 2018

If you’ve been keeping-up with our blog, you know that altruism is a big part of GovPilot’s culture. Our Citizen Leadership process helps clients make altruism a big part of theirs. Available 24/7 on the client’s official website, GovPilot’s digital Citizen Leadership application form makes it quick and convenient for kindhearted residents to ... READ MORE+

3 Ways to Generate Positive Publicity for Your District

by Alannah Dragonetti on March 02, 2018

From reversing property blight to planting community gardens to adopting cutting-edge government software to streamline it all, your administration works tirelessly to improve quality of life in your district. Are constituents aware of how good they have it? People are setting-up shop, paying taxes and raising children in your community. Assure ... READ MORE+

3 Ways Local Governments Can Appeal to Millennial Constituents that Don’t Involve Avocado

by Alannah Dragonetti on February 23, 2018

Millennials. Whether you “get” them or not, those born between 1982 and 2000 account for one quarter of the United States population and, most likely, a large percentage of your constituency. It behooves local government to appeal to this key demographic. Fortunately, Millennials’ likes, dislikes and values are well (often self) documented.   ... READ MORE+

Public Service in the Age of Popcorn Brain

by Alannah Dragonetti on November 29, 2017

You wake-up in the morning and wrap your arm around your significant reach your smartphone on the other side of the bed. You tune-out of conversations with family members to view the thoughts of your Facebook friends. How do we know this?, you wonder in between glances at your Apple watch. Because these behaviors are symptoms of popcorn ... READ MORE+