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Effective Sunday, January 22, employers are required to utilize a new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9. To ensure you are prepared to successfully meet the latest compliance requirements, read on for everything you need to know about the new form changes.
Your local government administration is the cornerstone of your community’s success. You need the right people in your leadership, who are committed to the betterment of your community, and who share a commitment to setting and achieving goals that will move your community forward. Hiring the right people starts with recruiting the right people.
CivicPlus, the nation’s leader in government website design and technology, has announced that it has acquired Rec1, a leader in recreation management software for local government parks and recreation departments. The acquisition will expand CivicPlus’ product portfolio, strengthening its offering as a comprehensive solution provider for municipalities.
Content focused. Animated. Personalized. Colorful. These are just some of the terms that will define web design in 2017. If you think your local government website can’t take advantage of the latest, modern, eye-catching trends, think again. This year’s list of top trends offers something for everyone, including easy-to-implement design updates that can take your municipal website from ordinary to outstanding. Here are the 6 trends you can expect to see across industries, and sectors in 2017:
Your community doesn’t run on a nine-to-five clock. That means that unlike your counterparts in the private sector, you don’t have the benefit of shutting down your computer and going offline at 5 p.m. Local government communication managers are responsible for the dissemination of important local news and information, whenever that news breaks, even if it’s before 9 a.m., after 5 p.m., on a weekend, or even a holiday.
How many times last month did you receive an afterhours call from your County Executive requesting an update to your civic website? How many emails did you receive, before you even reached your desk, noted with an urgent status and all caps in the subject line? How many weather alerts needed to be sent out on weekends? Now think about the amount of stress you felt staying late at the office to update communications, going in to your office on the weekend to send out notices, or having to explain to leaders in your administration why a website news article just couldn’t be published until you were back at your desk.
If your local government communication goals involve leveraging the latest tools and technology to keep up with current trends, then we have everything you need to start planning for 2017. The past decade has seen a significant paradigm shift in the ways that local governments communicate with citizens thanks to the proliferation of mobile technology and the widespread adoption of social media. You can expect mobile and social to continue to be hot topics in 2017 but you should also prepare for 2017 to be all about live video, transparency, security, and emergency preparedness.
How long does it take you to update a paragraph of text on your municipal website using your current local government content management system (CMS)? Ten minutes? An hour or two depending on whether the system is being glitchy? Two days because you have to outsource it to a third-party web programmer with HTML skills? If so, it sounds like you need a new CMS.
It’s 8:47 a.m. and you’re scheduled to present in front of your county legislature at 9 a.m. sharp. You’re standing in the hallway outside the chamber door and see an email pop-up on your smartphone from your County Sheriff with updated statistics for your presentation. The Sheriff explicitly requests that the data in your presentation slides be updated before you present at 9 a.m.
Communities across the nation are under, what often feels like, the constant potential for danger from a variety of threats. In 2015 alone the United States saw:
The days of set-it-and-forget-it website design are long gone. Today, your municipal website is a constantly evolving entity. As you and your staff work together to enhance and improve your municipal website by adding pages, updating content, and embedding images and videos, you’ll need to perform an analysis to better understand how your updates are impacting your citizens’ ability to use your website as an engagement tool and educational resource. By constantly analyzing your website’s performance, you can maximize your ability to leverage it as a tool to help you meet your citizen communication goals.
It's 3 a.m. and the tornado siren goes off in your community. How do you react? How do your neighbors, friends, and fellow citizens react? Do they immediately know, without hesitation, what to do and where to go? Do they know the location of the nearest shelter? Do they know how to access local emergency information?