November 28, 2012 By Jessica Renee Napier
Two days after Election Day, the city and county of San Francisco hosted its own type of election — a photo contest to determine the favorite area fire station.
The city and county posted on Facebook: “Fire stations in San Francisco each have their own unique look. Which is your favorite neighborhood fire station? Share with us your photo.”
From Nov. 8 to Nov. 19, Facebook users were invited to submit photo entries. Then, nominated fire stations underwent a finalist selection process. After which, six fire stations were presented to the public for a vote.
Voting began on Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 28. Facebook users could vote for fire station finalists once per day -- and today's the last day to get votes in.
“If they care enough to recognize our station, then we are doing the right thing by them,” said Captain Chris Madsen of Station 19 on Buckingham Way at Winston Street. “And that's what is most vital.”
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.