What makes an ideal community, and how can civic leaders help their cities, counties and regions evolve to better meet old necessities and new opportunities?
Wayne E. Hanson has been a writer and editor with e.Republic since 1989, and has worked for several business units including Government Technology magazine, the Center for Digital Government, Governing, and is currently editor and writer for Digital Communities specializing in local government. Hanson was a juror from 1999 to 2004 with the Stockholm Challenge and Global Junior Challenge competitions in information technology and education. He self-published three books of fiction and lives in Sacramento with his wife, Jeannie.
Rethinking Your IT Workforce
December 06, 2013 - Baby boomers are retiring again. But after years of cuts and hiring freezes, the talent pipeline is dry. Local governments need new strategies for getting the job done.
Cities and the Enlightened Tribe
November 27, 2013 - Cities are the primary incubator of the cultural, social and political innovations which shape our planet.
Digital Cities Awards Presented in Seattle
November 19, 2013 - 13th annual awards program celebrated innovation in America's cities.
Balloons for Emergency Communications: Not Just Hot Air
October 22, 2013 - LTE based in balloons may help in future disasters and other emergencies.
NIST's Net Zero Energy House: How Efficient is It?
September 20, 2013 - A promising pilot from the National Institute of Standards and Technology suggests that a typical household can produce more energy than it uses.
IT Workforce: How Can CIOs Fill the Gaps?
September 12, 2013 - Corpus Christi CIO Michael Armstrong laments a common problem among IT administrators -- an aging workforce coupled with difficulty recruiting next generation staff with the proper skills.
Analytics’ Past and the Road Ahead
August 30, 2013 - Baltimore and Maryland continue their CitiStat and StateStat progress.
Miami-Dade Partnership Uses Analytics to Improve Local Services
August 29, 2013 - Analytics help Miami-Dade County thwart crime, detect water leaks and improve light rail service.
Analytics for Smarter Communities
August 28, 2013 - For local governments drowning in data, analytics offers a way to make sense of it all.
Winnipeg 311 Goes Mobile
August 26, 2013 - The city's 311 app adds photos and GPS coordinates that help work crews locate the trouble spot and prepare to respond.
Featured White Papers & Reports
Government-to-Government IT Services: What Works and What's Left to Work Out
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.
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