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Flashback Friday: The Evolution of Efficiency

by Alannah Dragonetti on October 26, 2018

Smartphones. Escalators. Instant coffee. These agents of convenience carry us through our day-to-day to make modern life more efficient. Ever wonder how we arrived at this point? If so, you’re in luck, because this week, we’re delving into the sociopolitical factors that started it all.   READ MORE+

Flashback Friday: The Suspicious Assassination of Louisiana Senator, Huey P. Long, Part 2

by Alannah Dragonetti on July 06, 2018

From a staged moon landing to the unchecked power of the Reptilian Elite, conspiracy theories occupy the space between the known and the unknown. Global and national politics offer no shortage of fuel for theorists’ imaginations, but no state level government matter has stoked the fire as intensely as the 1935 assasination of Lousiana Senator, ... READ MORE+

Flashback Friday: The Suspicious Assassination of Louisiana Senator, Huey P. Long, Part 1

by Alannah Dragonetti on June 29, 2018

From a staged moon landing to the unchecked power of the Reptilian Elite, conspiracy theories occupy the space between the known and the unknown. Global and national politics offer no shortage of fuel for theorists’ imaginations, but no state level government matter has stoked the fire as intensely as the 1935 assasination of Lousiana Senator, ... 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+

Preserve and Protect: The Municipal Art Society of New York Turns 125

by Alannah Dragonetti on March 09, 2018

If you make it to age 125, how will you spend your days? Will you keep 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM office hours? Rally for a cause you’re passionate about? At 125, non-profit organization, the Municipal Art Society (MAS) of New York does all of this and then some. Join GovPilot as we look at the ways in which MAS has literally and figuratively shaped New ... READ MORE+

3 Technologies that Originated as Government Software

by Alannah Dragonetti on January 12, 2018

We’ve written numerous posts encouraging local government administrations to digitize forms, automate workflows and otherwise catch-up with the rest of the world. Though we maintain our stance that all districts can benefit from GovPilot’s tax assessment software, GovAlert constituent engagement mobile app and over 100 county and municipal ... READ MORE+

Trial, Error and Necessity: The History of Local Government in the United States

by Alannah Dragonetti on June 21, 2017

In just under two weeks, our nation will turn 241 years old. While we are always happy to celebrate with a barbecue and fireworks display, we’d like to pay tribute to local government’s far longer, oft-overlooked history.   For instance,  on this day, in 1788, New Hampshire became the 9th and (at that time) final state to ratify the United States ... READ MORE+

Growth

by Alannah Dragonetti on May 12, 2017

Last week’s Earth Day-themed blog post touched upon the concept of the community garden: a public plot of land maintained by a city’s residents. In recent decades, the prevalence of property blight has reignited interest in this age-old concept. Vegetation has sprouted in place of asphalt in United States cities from Detroit, Michigan to ... READ MORE+

GovPilot's Role in the Continued Evolution of Code Enforcement

by Alannah Dragonetti on March 24, 2017

Nearly 106 years to the day, the shadow cast by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire’s smoke cloud still looms. If there is a silver lining to be found, it is in the fire’s role as catalyst to code establishment and enforcement reform.   As we approach the anniversary of the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, GovPilot would like to ... READ MORE+

Grey Gardens in Bloom

by Alannah Dragonetti on February 15, 2017

It’s the subject of a classic 1976 documentary, the setting of an HBO movie starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore and the inspiration for a Tony award winning Broadway musical.Grey Gardens has been viewed from a variety of perspectives, but never as an allegory for the reversibility of property blight, until now. A property synonymous with ... READ MORE+