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Why We Donated to Support Diversity in LocalGov Leadership | ViewPoint Cloud

Last month, some of our favorite people at ELGL (Engaging Local Government Leaders) reached out to their community to help fund a ‘Diversity Dashboard’ project.

The goal is to “collect quality data about the race, gender, veteran status, and age of local government Chief Administrators (CAOs) and Assistant Chief Administrators (ACAOs) for every local government entity in the United States by December 31st 2017.”

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Five Foward-Thinking Ohio Cities Power ePermitting with ViewPoint Cloud

Population: 105,379 (total); 29,600 (average)
State: Ohio
Municipalities Involved: Hudson, Oxford, Upper Arlington, Wooster, Fairfield
Problems Addressed: Improving customer experience, integrating back and front end, moving to cloud-based software
Project Highlights:  Saving money on cloud-based software, improving process efficiency

Over a hundred years old and situated next to Ohio State University, the community of Upper Arlington, Ohio has seen recent rises in property values spurring new development, and in turn, permitting and licensing requests.

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Sometimes it’s hard to keep up to date in a world full of new technology, especially given the rapid advances in public sector applications. But technology is changing the way government works, from better customer-service to internet infrastructure to widespread collaboration on open source projects.  That’s why we made this short guide for you (or someone you know) to brush up on IT concepts both old and new.

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Positive Permitting: Designing an Efficient, Customer-Friendly Permitting Process | ViewPoint

In this webinar, government permitting expert Jocelyn Mathiasen provides municipal managers with a guide to making permitting functions efficient, effective, and customer-friendly. While implementing new technology is an important element to improving permitting, governments must also focus on other areas, from streamlining processes to creating accountability across departments, for their technology investments to truly pay off.

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Bloomfield, Connecticut Turns to ViewPoint Cloud for ePermitting

Population: 25,000
State: Connecticut
Departments & Divisions Involved: Building, Engineering, Subdivision, Wetlands, Zoning
Problem Addressed: Digitizing Data with Online Permitting
Project Highlight: Active Partnership

A short drive from Hartford, the Town of Bloomfield, Connecticut is an actively growing community home to some 25,000 residents. After seeing permitting requests rise from an average of $600,000 annually to over $2.5 million, Bloomfield’s Building Department needed permitting technology that would allow customers to apply for permits online, while also reducing the internal workload for overburdened staff members.

Bloomfield has found success with the intuitive design of ViewPoint Cloud, after moving away from a legacy vendor that could not keep up with growing demand.

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Customer Service & Permitting - How local governments can do better GovLov Podcast

Population: 34,609
State: Ohio
Departments: Building, Zoning and Planning, Property Maintenance, Right of Way, Emergency Services, Special Events
Problems Addressed: Improving permitting functionality, modernizing services
Project Highlights:  Saving money on cloud-based software, improving process efficiency

Last month, Dan Ralley, Assistant City Manager in Upper Arlington, Ohio and our very own Carl Anderson spoke on ELGL’s GovLov Podcast to talk about best practices for successful ePermitting partnerships.

Some of the key takeaways from Upper Arlington’s selection process:

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City Planning Departments Technology Benchmarking Surveys

In 2015 and 2017, the planning magazine Planetizen released reports overviewing the results of surveys benchmarking “the use of technology in city planning departments across the United States.” The data is meant help municipalities gauge the nationwide trends of their peers and plan for how new technology will affect planning departments in the upcoming years. This infographic highlights some of the major findings in the 2017 report (based on a 2016 survey) and how they compare to the 2015 report (based on a 2014 survey). See below for the full reports and more about the authors.

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Using cloud-based software is standard practice for modern industries and most consumers, yet many local governments have still not fully understood and adopted this technology. That’s why we teamed up with the folks at ProudCity to talk about the benefits and best practices around adopting cloud-based software in local government.

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Balancing Responsiveness & Resource Management | Year of the Citizen Webinar Series

Last month we sat down with Riverside, California’s Chief Innovation Officer Lea Deesing and Director of Community & Economic Development Rafael Guzman to talk about their strides in customer-facing technology. With an innovative ‘ecosystem’ of online services, Riverside, CA is a nationwide leader in providing customer-centric tools and platforms for their residents and visitors. Having spent many years working in smaller communities, Deesing and Guzman also share their insights for improving customer service and technological innovation without breaking the bank.

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Digital Government Rankings in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Last month, U.S. News & World Report released their newest project, the Best States Ranking 2017, grading all 50 U.S. states across 68 metrics in categories ranging from “healthcare” to “crime & corrections.”

As a federalist political system, the U.S. is an ongoing experiment in governance, with many states larger than entire countries. Report authors identified the shift in power from federal to state governments as a catalyst for focusing on individual state efficacy.

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