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When an emergency happens in your community, the local government is likely the first to know, and your citizens will expect you to keep them informed with instructions, safety plans, and recovery updates. Using a mass notification solution is one of the best ways to keep citizens safe, but first you need your citizens to subscribe to receive alerts.
If your community is in a climate that will be seeing dipping temperatures this winter, then it’s time to start planning your citizen communications. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, winter cold results in more than twice as many annual deaths as does summer heat. Cold weather also accounts for more deaths than floods, severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightening combined. Of the approximate 2,000 U.S. lives lost between 2006 and 2010 due to extreme weather conditions, 63 percent of those deaths are attributed to exposure to excessive natural cold and/or hypothermia. This winter, when extreme cold temperatures inflict dangerous conditions upon your community, be prepared with a communication strategy that will keep citizens warm and safe.
Is it possible that you are missing out on potential job candidates, because your job ad is setup in the wrong way? When you learn more about job ad writing, you will see a few major mistakes that are common among the postings. Remember that the goal of the ad is to help applicants see why they want to work for your community, and this is your chance to share the right information about the opportunity.
Local government websites, along with websites belonging to state and federal department and agencies, have an inherent search engine ranking advantage over other kinds of websites. This is because Google, Bing, Yahoo and the other search engines believe that, all else being equal, government websites contain more trustworthy, reliable, and useful public service-related content than websites hosted by non-government individuals and businesses. Since the primary purpose of search engines is to connect people with the relevant information they’re searching for, local government websites have an advantage in where they can rank on search engine results pages. That’s the good news.
These days, local governments are increasingly expected to do more with less. However, local governments can’t carry out their vital work if they fall victim to being the best kept secret in their city.
Unfortunately, that’s what happens when citizens don’t know what their local government has to offer. As noted in the book Local Government Management: Current Issues and Best Practices, “Many citizens are not aware of local government activities, and how these activities help further their own aims."
Across the country, a growing number of local governments are implementing notification systems in order to keep their citizens informed and safe.
The results are in for the 2016 Digital Cities awards competition. Among this year’s winners are three CivicPlus local government clients: Durham, North Carolina, Roanoke, Virginia, and Tamarac, Florida. Each local government has earned a first-place nod in its population size category. This year’s top ten have been recognized for producing local government websites that focus on transparency and security, and offer a functional infrastructure.
It goes without saying that strong enterprise-grade security is essential for your local government website—especially because hackers are increasingly targeting public sector websites with a flurry of cyber threats such as malware, ransomware, trojans and viruses. Even a relatively minor breach or infection can lead to thousands of dollars in investigation and remediation costs, not to mention fines and lasting reputation damage.
Many industries—such as data analytics, cyber security, pharmaceutical, and so on—have much more demand for labor than the available supply. While trying to win the war for talent isn’t unique to local governments, many are ramping up their hiring to accommodate recent nationwide economic growth, but they’re struggling to find and retain the right people. Generally, the problems are rooted in these five common and costly scenarios:
Arguably the most important role that local governments play is during a potential, imminent or occurring emergency because the property, health and possibly even the lives of citizens may be at risk.
Given this priority, many local governments across the country have implemented an emergency notification system.
You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, and you wouldn’t buy a house without a walk through. When it comes to making an in investment in a content management system (CMS), using taxpayer dollars, the same amount of consideration should be made. Before purchasing a local government content management system (CMS), take the time to view a demonstration of the system–-both the administrative interface and the external user interface. Here are six reasons why local governments should view a demo before selecting a new government website design partner.
The first and most important thing that local governments must know before launching a website redesign project is this: the vast majority of website content management systems (CMS) available on the market are not designed for the robust, sophisticated, and specialized needs of local governments.