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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 400 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning not associated with fires. More than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized. Fortunately, while these statistics are staggering, carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable in many cases with proper education and monitoring. Help keep citizens in your community safe from this silent killer. By offering education materials and making local resources available, you could help to save a life.
Local government human resource departments have been misunderstood. They have too often been perceived as transactional role players that only serve to manage compliance documents, move applicant resumes through the screening funnel, while maintaining personnel files. Too often, the true value that human resources brings to local governments hasn’t been properly appreciated because too much of HR managers’ time has been spent manually processing paperwork and maintaining complex spreadsheets.
Your worst nightmare is that a disaster strikes your community. A flood, a bridge collapse, an act of terror. They are all fears that keep you up at night. Are you prepared to act fast enough? Do you have the infrastructure, staff, and planning in place to ensure expeditious, and informative communications that will reach as many citizens as possible? Don’t wait for a disaster to occur to test your communication plan. Be prepared in advance so that if the worst-case scenario occurs, you can step into action without hesitation or fear. Read on to learn where to start when building a crisis communication plan.
Choosing a government website designer is an important decision. You’re not just choosing a service provider; you’re choosing a strategic partner and expert advisor to help lead you through the process of creating a tool that will serve as a keystone in your citizen communication strategy. If you’re putting your government website design out to bid this year, and are wondering what questions to ask in your formal request for proposal (RFP), we have compiled a list of the questions that will be most valuable in helping you align your local government with the right strategic partner.
Heat mapping is just one of many tools that provides information as to what actions visitors are taking on a website. A couple of the most common questions we receive from our clients are:
Today’s digitally-minded citizens are putting down newspapers and turning off cable, while picking-up smart phones and turning on tablets. Your local government website is a key tool to providing citizens with the information they want and need about what’s going on in their community. That’s why, when it comes to your civic website, content is king. Read on to learn the important role that your website plays in your citizen engagement strategy, and how to fully leverage its potential.
“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.” When John Wanamaker made this statement, he likely never knew advertisers would still be facing the same dilemma nearly a century later. Fortunately, traditional advertising is no longer the only means available for communicating a message with a target audience. Thanks to advances in technology, public and private sector entities can now customize messaging and distribution channels on a mass scale to ensure target audiences receive only the communications that they want, how they want them. Read on to learn how you can leverage subscription-based mass communication technology to effectively distribute local news and to promote events in your community.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 17 Americans lost their lives in 2016 due to tornadoes. When it comes to these deadly forces of nature, the common causes of tornado-related deaths and injuries involve flying/falling debris, or being picked up or blown by the tornado, two threats that can cause head injuries, chest trauma, or other complications. Most injuries and deaths occur to individuals who are outside, in apartment buildings, or in mobile homes, compared with individuals who are inside houses. With tornadoes, like with so many other natural disasters, the greatest way to save lives is with early notification. By allowing citizens to get indoors to a safe place before the tornado hits, you’ll stand a better chance of minimizing fatalities.
Walk down the main street in your community and we guarantee you’ll see more citizens holding smartphones than not. According to, comScore, by the end of 2016, smartphone adoption had surpassed 80 percent of all phone owners. Your digitally savvy citizens are using their smart phones to read news, search for local events and activities, connect with friends and neighbors, and be entertained.
To optimize the return on investment for your local government website, you have to leverage it as a tool that will help you accomplish a variety of administrative, and community goals. Depending on the most important initiatives in your community, that may include streamlining internal workflows, increasing citizen participation in civic events, or more efficiently communicating news to residents of your community.
If a picture tells a thousand words, a video brings the story to life. Video has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to engage on social media. For local governments, that means that video is a powerful mechanism for sharing news, events, encouraging civic participation, building a brand, recruiting employees, and encouraging citizens to develop a sense of civic pride.
Local government hiring managers are tasked with a unique challenge: To hire the most qualified candidate that has the greatest potential to positively impact the community. You’re not simply hiring a candidate to become part of a team or business. You’re hiring someone who will be part of an administration with the ability to impact the lives of thousands, or even millions of citizens. To help ensure you are hiring the right candidate, with the greatest motivation and interest in service your community, start incorporating these 7 insightful job interview questions into your hiring process.