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Addressing Free Speech in your Social Media Comment Policy

Addressing Free Speech in your Social Media Comment Policy

August 9, 2016 by Josh Mahar
Category: Social Media

This post is about giving local governments some information on how and what a good approach to take is when addressing public comments on their Facebook or other social media pages.

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Community-Led Demonstration Projects: A Cost Effective Way to Engage Citizens and Implement Plans

Community-Led Demonstration Projects: A Cost Effective Way to Engage Citizens and Implement Plans

June 27, 2016 by Josh Mahar
Category: Public Participation

A new policy from Burlington, Vermont provides a neat example of how jurisdictions can give their enthusiastic citizen activists a clear avenue for taking action.

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The Key to a Better City: Fill Fewer Potholes, Have More Fun

The Key to a Better City: Fill Fewer Potholes, Have More Fun

May 19, 2016 by Josh Mahar
Category: Government Performance Consortium

Early this month author Peter Kageyama came to Washington as part of our Government Performance Consortium and provided an inspiring overview of how cities can leverage community assets to build a better city, all without spending huge amounts of money.

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5 Takeaways from the Regional Smart Cities Workshop

5 Takeaways from the Regional Smart Cities Workshop

March 22, 2016 by Josh Mahar
Category: Information Technology

The decreasing costs of smart city technology and the importance of trust are just a few of the insights from the regional smart cities workshop in Redmond earlier this year.

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Tactical Urbanism: Applying a Big City Placemaking Technique to Smaller Communities

Tactical Urbanism: Applying a Big City Placemaking Technique to Smaller Communities

February 4, 2016 by Josh Mahar
Category: Development Types

Tactical urbanism offers cities and towns of all sizes a way of testing out and engaging their communities in new placemaking techniques, without requiring major capital investments.

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Social Media Management is Now a Full-Fledged Government Discipline

Social Media Management is Now a Full-Fledged Government Discipline

December 17, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category: Social Media

The importance and complexity of social media have turned this once fledgling activity into a critical piece of government communication resources and it may be time for your organization to take it more seriously.

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Spokane's Outreach Strategies at the Forefront of Community Policing Efforts

October 21, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category: Law Enforcement

Spokane Police Department's 2015 Community Outreach Strategy shows some innovative community policing techniques.

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Strategies for Managing Social Media Records from the State Archives

Strategies for Managing Social Media Records from the State Archives

June 18, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category: Social Media

For local government workers that deal with public records, the rise of digital communications has completely changed the way they do business. Today, retention isn’t simply about which papers to save and which to shred, but rather, how to effectively capture and catalog the myriad communications channels that people use every day. Nowhere is this challenge more pronounced than with socia...

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Free Statewide Membership to Alliance for Innovation Available through MRSC

Free Statewide Membership to Alliance for Innovation Available through MRSC

April 30, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category:

Earlier this year we kicked off an exciting initiative to help local governments look toward the future and push into the next level of organizational performance. As part of that initiative, we’ve partnered with the State Auditor’s Office’s Local Government Performance Center, to secure free membership to the Alliance for Innovation for all local governments in Washington. With membership typically costing a jurisdiction between $1,000 and $8,250, this is a truly fantastic opportunity! See below for membership access details.

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Seattle Addresses Privacy and Public Disclosure in New Strategy for Managing Big Data

Seattle Addresses Privacy and Public Disclosure in New Strategy for Managing Big Data

March 26, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category: Information Technology

Earlier this year, the Seattle City Council adopted a set of six privacy principles regarding personal information. It was the first deliverable from the city’s Digital Privacy Initiative, an effort aimed at developing a comprehensive plan and process for how the city collects, manages, and uses data. Seattle’s efforts are pioneering in this area and are a likely precursor of discussions that many local governments will need to have in the near future. As jurisdictions adopt new technologies and use data to better serve their constituents, myriad questions of privacy and public disclosure are often left unanswered. Developing a clear strategy and process to address these issues, like Seattle is attempting, may help local governments steer clear of major problems down the road

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Establishing Effective Social Media Policies for your Agency

Establishing Effective Social Media Policies for your Agency

February 24, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category: Social Media

Local governments should, and are, jumping into the social media arena to both disseminate important government information and to gauge public opinion on projects and initiatives. That said, social media can  be a double-edged sword, a few missteps on social media can have serious negative consequences. To ensure your agency uses social media as effectively as possible, I've put together a few key elements you should consider prior to diving in.

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New NACo Tool Shows Post-Recession Recoveries Are Most Pronounced around Tri-Cities, Seattle

New NACo Tool Shows Post-Recession Recoveries Are Most Pronounced around Tri-Cities, Seattle

January 21, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category:

Remember late last year when we tipped you off to the National Association of Counties (NACo) powerful County Explorer tool? Well, this month NACo released its first report showcasing the new resource. Called the Economic Tracker, the report compares how counties have recovered from the 2008 economic downturn by lo...

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Four Tools for Retaining Records of Your Social Media Content

Four Tools for Retaining Records of Your Social Media Content

November 3, 2014 by Josh Mahar
Category: Social Media

A little while ago MRSC hosted a webinar on social media for governments. We gave people some great information on best practices in social media and also highlighted some of the common public records issues that agencies need to be aware of. But one thing we could have addressed a bit better was what tools are out there for actually archiving your social media content to comply with the Read more


State Shared-Work Program Provides an Alternative to Layoffs

State Shared-Work Program Provides an Alternative to Layoffs

September 22, 2014 by Josh Mahar
Category: Termination

Facing layoffs in this year’s budget? You may want to consider the Employment Security Department’s Shared-Work Program. Through the program, employers...

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Clark County Joint Lobby Cuts Through Bureaucracy to Better Meet the Needs of Citizens

Clark County Joint Lobby Cuts Through Bureaucracy to Better Meet the Needs of Citizens

July 8, 2014 by Josh Mahar
Category: Management

Walking into the office of the Assessor, Treasurer, and Auditor in Clark County can be a bit odd: you aren’t entirely sure where one office ends and another begins. That’s because through a...

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