Yesterday we unveiled the next generation of public meeting voting on the iPad: VoteCast for iLegislate. For the first time, government agencies can cast votes digitally on a tablet device instead of depending on expensive voting hardware installations or voice votes which can be cumbersome to record. With the addition of VoteCast, iLegislate is now the ultimate "Chief of Staff in an App" -- helping government leaders research, collaboarate with citizens, and prepare for meetings from a single app. Already, more than 3,000 government agencies use it.
After a year of listening, our team of developers and designers put together some new ways to improve online community engagement. By creating easier access, better visual placement, new features, and eye-catching graphic design improvements, CivicIdeasSM, part of our Citizen Participation Suite, has evolved into a highly intuitive and easy to use tool for citizens and staff to build better communities. Today, we've launched this new release.
Throughout 2013, we’ve seen online civic engagement growth explode: from small towns to great metropolises, citizen voices are being heard through collaborative discussion sites in an effort to better their communities. This month, the entire State of Oklahoma has brought their public dialog online with SpeakUpOklahoma.com.
Back in February of 2012, my city, Appleton, Wisconsin began looking to streamline our existing document management process to be more efficient, save staff time, and reduce paper usage in order to be more sustainable and transparent for our community. We also needed a new voting system for our Council meetings to replace an antiquated voting system from the mid 90’s. So, this was the perfect time to take a big picture look at the entire process. The city’s goals were to run our agenda and minutes creation more efficiently, connect more closely with our community, and be more open and accountable to our citizens.
Recently we published a white paper, Government & the Mobile Advantage, which was loaded with interesting facts, stats, and insights about where mobile data is going and how it will affect government agencies. One of the most fun pieces of creating this white paper was the mobile trends infographic. It demonstrates the blazing speed at which mobile data is being adopted, and the explosion of mobile video. In the spirit of thanksgiving, I thought it would be great to share it in a more compact version...
For a small town, Blacksburg, VA, is surprisingly no stranger to a lot of civic engagement. Next to Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg is home to about 15,000 full-time residents and 28,000 students. A number of local issues drove up community interest in participatory government, and Blacksburg’s technologically savvy policy of open government kept everyone interested and talking -- online. Next they needed to get more voices heard in a common location. They tried a CivicIdeas survey and received a fantastic response: over 1000 respondents.
Over the past 13 years, the Center for Digital Government has been selecting winners from their annual Digital City Survey, creating the most prestigious of national technology awards for localities. This year, with a winner in 9 of the 10 places and totalling 70% of the large population winners, Granicus is proud to congratulate all of our partner cities who made the grade.