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Can Machines Make Local Government Policies More Human?

by Alannah Dragonetti on April 18, 2019

Robots are coming for humans' jobs. That's not a threat, it's a fact. In many cases, they already have. It happens all the time. A new technology is born and an old industry dies. Man vs. machine is very real, but the results of two recent local government initiatives prove that humanity’s relationsip with technology doesn’t have to be ... READ MORE+

3 Ways to Promote Data Literacy in Your  Local Government

by Alannah Dragonetti on March 15, 2019

We’ve written extensively about the importance of aggregating and tracking data, but what good is all that information if you and other members of your administration don’t optimize it? The first step towards data optimization is data literacy—a skill that a variety of industries place an increasingly high premium on. Indeed, Gartner foresees 80% ... READ MORE+

3 Signs Your Local Government is Stuck in the '80s (and How to Go Back to the Future)

by Alannah Dragonetti on March 08, 2019

With the recent rerelease of Die Hard, news of a Baby-Sitters Club reboot coming to Netflix and the triumphant return of hair barrettes, 1980s nostalgia is at fever pitch.While '80s films, books and looks can still be enjoyed in the present-day, there’s a reason you don’t see people walking around with Gordon Gekko size cellphones. 1980s ... READ MORE+

Flashback Friday: 3 US Presidents Who Leveraged the Latest Technology to Engage with Citizens

by Alannah Dragonetti on February 22, 2019

This week flew by—thanks to most of the United States having off to observe President’s Day on Monday. President’s Day celebrates the February birthdays of  George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, first and sixteenth presidents, respectively. While both men left write-up worthy legacies, this blog post highlights presidents who adopted the latest ... READ MORE+

We are Living in the Golden Age of Grift. Here’s What that Means for Your Local Government.

by Alannah Dragonetti on February 15, 2019

Journalists have declared that we are living in the Golden Age of Grift. Not the most flattering nickname, but what else do you call this?  READ MORE+

Flashback Friday: Dr. King’s Gift for Civic Engagement

by Alannah Dragonetti on January 18, 2019

On Monday, the nation will honor the peaceful message and powerful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The remarkable man was many things—a Baptist minister, a great orator, an activist, a husband and father—but he was an influencer because he believed that there is strength in numbers and posessed the skills to organize and inspire—a feat all ... READ MORE+

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+