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Wednesday
Mar202013

2013 Sunny Awards: Winners Choose Granicus for Government Transparency 

The release of the Sunshine Review’s fourth annual Sunny Awards has revealed a clear pattern: Granicus clients are consistently receiving top honors. 

Encouragingly, out of over 1,000 qualifying government sites from across the country, 247 were awarded an “A” grade. That’s a 15.4% increase over the number of “A” grades last year and a 502.4% increase since the first awards in 2010.

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Thursday
Mar142013

Smart Government: Top Six Ways to Harness Innovation

As government must grow with sociological changes, so must it grow with technological changes. But keeping up with the times is only a baseline for good government; what government really needs to excel is smart government with an environment for innovation. With innovation being on the forefront of government development, in a couple weeks, there will be a powerhouse webinar presentation on March 27 to discuss how to create that environment to build smart government.

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Thursday
Mar072013

Highline Public Schools Launches Website to Gather Game-Changing Ideas 

Highline Public Schools oversees 36 schools and 18,000 students in South King County Washington. The communities it serves are located just south of Seattle – they have high mobility rates and rich cultural diversity, representing 80 nationalities and 70 different languages. Recently, the school district worked with Granicus to launch a new online forum called Imagine Highline to make it easier to reach their diverse community and gather feedback on important issues facing their schools. 

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Thursday
Feb282013

Sunshine Week: 4 Transparency Myths

Prepare for Sunshine Week 2013 by understanding the opposition to govenrment transparency.

Sunshine needs a light. Nearly half a century after President Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into effect, the spirit of open government still needs public awareness efforts, the most prominent of which is the upcoming Sunshine Week.

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Wednesday
Feb202013

City of Austin Gets Results with Online Citizen Engagement

From plastic bags to bicycles, Austinites are coming together online to improve their city. When looking for stellar examples of online civic engagement, the results produced by the City of Austin, TX push the city to the top of a very short list, a list that could and should be much bigger.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

Connected Government: A Social Networking Toolkit

The evidence is clear: with over 100 million users in the US alone, Facebook is a necessary venue for local government agencies to engage with citizens. The question is no longer if government agencies need a social networking strategy, but how to go about implementing one.

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Thursday
Jan312013

Legislative iPad App Reveals Cloud Impact on Government Technology

Yesterday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper was on TV looking wide-eyed in frustrated bewilderment toward the sky saying that he knew his photos were somewhere up in some cloud up there. It’s been almost a decade since the tech-world has started talking about cloud strategies, and yet, the confusion and ambiguity continues. But in government IT strategizing, the sea is changing.

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