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National Night Out

by Alannah Dragonetti on August 12, 2019

You’ve heard of girls’ night out, you’ve heard of Mom’s night out and if you’ve been reading the news, you’ll know that Tuesday was National Night Out (NNO).   Since 1984, the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada has encouraged people to increase awareness about community police programs by gathering with neighbors ... READ MORE+

White Picket Fence is the New Black: How Your Town can Capitalize on Suburbia's Resurgence

by Alannah Dragonetti on July 08, 2019

If you spent the Fourth of July holiday next to an above ground pool and a barbecue manned by a guy wearing white socks with Nike sneakers, you’re familiar with the unique charm suburban living holds. READ MORE+

America: Tech, Yeah!

by Alannah Dragonetti on April 26, 2019

Last week, we argued that humanity’s relationsip with technology doesn’t have to be adversarial. Turns out that the overwhelming majority of Americans agree. A recent study conducted by the Charles Koch Institute finds that 92% of Americans consider innovation an integral component of United States culture and history that enhances life (we live ... READ MORE+

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 relationship with technology doesn’t have to be ... READ MORE+

2 Classic Tracking Devices Undergo a Makeover

by Alannah Dragonetti on March 01, 2019

We are two months into 2019. Automation regulates the climates in our homes, handles the payment of our bills and otherwise brings us closer to the flying car future previous generations may have envisioned.If a time traveler from a bygone era were to observe our daily lives, they may be more surprised at the low-tech practices we still engage in, ... READ MORE+

5 Movies and Television Shows Set in the World of Local Government

by Alannah Dragonetti on January 11, 2019

Awards season is upon us and though you may not feel that you have much in common with the actors and actresses gliding down the red carpet in designer clothes, you may relate to some of the characters they’ve portrayed. Whether you’re a politician or a police officer, you’ve likely seen your role reflected on the screen. With its many facets, ... READ MORE+

Forget Crypto. Master the New Currency.

by Alannah Dragonetti on October 12, 2018

A new coffee shop opened in Providence, Rhode Island and it’s generating more than a caffeine buzz. Located by Brown University, Shiru Cafe, serves students and faculty lattes, cappucinos and all of the typical coffee shop menu items, but the jury is out on the pricing. Some will tell you Shiru’s menu is fairly priced, others say it is more ... READ MORE+

3 Qualities the Best Cities to Live in Share

by Alannah Dragonetti on September 21, 2018

On Monday, Money magazine published its annual list of the “50 Best Places to Live in America”. It is an honor, but not a surprise, that a list ranking American cities that provide residents with the best quality of life includes three GovPilot clients: number 26, Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, number 33, Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Union ... READ MORE+

Site Unseen: Major Website Flaws Most Governments Overlook

by Alannah Dragonetti on September 14, 2018

Local governments reap numerous benefits from establishing and maintaining an online presence, but as a new study reveals, when mismanaged, an online presence can be more of a liability than an asset.   READ MORE+

A Note on Ransomware: The Biggest Cyber Threat to Local Government

by Alannah Dragonetti on August 17, 2018

Atlanta, Georgia. Davidson and Mecklenburg Counties, in North Carolina. Colorado’s Department of Transportation. Twice. The last few months have seen local governments across the United States fall victim to ransomware attacks. We explain what ransomware is, why your administration is the perfect target and what you can do to protect yourself and ... READ MORE+