Gov 2.0 News

July 10, 2011

Change By Us, an evolution of CEOs for Cities Give a Minute crowdsourcing project, launched today in New York City. Change by Us is an online platform built to engage residents in the brainstorming of city improvement projects. The website, which asks, "Hey NYC, how can we make our city a greener, greater place to live?," crowdsources ideas and groups the responses into action groups based on interest and location. Additionally, the website will be used to channel grants from the Department of Environmental Protection to top sustainability ideas. An article in the New York Times cites Change ...

July 6, 2011

Cities across the country — including Washington, Chicago, Miami Beach, Denver and Des Moines, Iowa — launched bike-sharing programs last year. Boston and New York plan to start their own later this summer.

July 5, 2011

OHIOPYLE, Pa. — Mark and Beth London camped a lot when they were younger. But now, with four kids in tow, the very thought of investing in the gear and experiencing a family nightmare in the woods kept the Bellevue couple and their children at home.

July 4, 2011

This short series from Next American City looks at the emerging trend of entrepreneurs applying their own private-sector business savvy to the world of local government.
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Officer Maria Evans blinks her eyes and makes gestures with her arms as she greets visitors with a pleasant voice. She then offers to assist them with filing police reports online.

Policies and strategies at all levels of government are increasingly associating educational outcomes with community planning and housing. Challenges remain for local officials and practitioners trying to align these policy areas, including persistent spatial inequity and rigid institutional silos. This report develops seven steps to link education and planning policy at the local level. The authors draw from a national scan of model activities, interviews with key experts and agency staff members, and the authors' experience working with local governing bodies. The report identifies practical ...

An organization founded to support wounded military veterans has announced its first Sacramento-area offering of mortgage-free homes to members of the military wounded in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently announced that he will launch official Twitter and Flickr pages, another sign
that state governments are embracing social media platforms as a way to reach
out to citizens.

"Social media including Twitter and Flickr are the latest
tools we have added to share news and information with the people of Illinois."
Governor Quinn said in a statement released Wednesday. "We are
continuing our work to make state government as open and accessible as possible,
sharing updates and photos to further engage Illinois
residents on the issues that impact ...

Cash-strapped San Diego is considering a plan to sell beach ads, despite concerns that it will clutter a natural setting and spoil its charm. A City Council committee was to discuss on Wednesday the idea of selling sign...

June 29, 2011

Public water stations will be set up in outdoor spaces throughout the city.

June 28, 2011

Jake Barton, founder and principal of Local Projects and CEOs for Cities collaborator, presented Change by Us and lessons learned from Give a Minute at the Eyeo Festival, a conference of creative coders, designers, and artists working to transform digital culture.  Change by Us is an evolution of CEOs for Cities’ Give a Minute. In addition to crowdsourcing ideas on city sustainability, Change by Us, which is scheduled to launch in New York on July 7th, will cluster responses to generate community-based action groups. Eyeo Festival attendees enthusiastically embraced Change by Us ...

Program will gauge doctors' availability and whether they prefer patients with private insurance.

TweetNevada and New Jersey are moving forward on transparency. Nevada Governor Bill Sandoval signed a package of laws on Friday designed to increase transparency around hospital quality statewide. The new laws are designed to make more information available to the public about the quality of patient care, incident of infection and patient readmissions. New Jersey [...]

State departments of transportation look for ways to save money amid higher fuel costs and declining tax revenue.

June 26, 2011

Food banks in the U.S. are seeing increased demand for limited resources. One in Tennessee is thinking up new ways to combat the shortage.

GSA and 24 others launch Making Mobile Gov initiative to address challenges and best practices in making mobile computing work in the government. GSA's Gwynne Kostin said agencies need a strategy so as not to fall into the same holes as many did during the birth of the Web.

As the 27-agency National Ocean Council begins the formidable task of mapping out the myriad resources of the nation's oceans...

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