CivicPlus Blog

Does Your State Have an Open Meeting Law?

Posted by Lesli Keister

Sep 17, 2014 10:57:04 AM

Local government leaders in the state of Vermont have a new law to follow as of July 1, 2014.

In developing a tip sheet to help our Vermont clients understand the requirements, we realized that many other states have very similar statutes to the Open Meeting Law. In the interest of government transparency, a common requirement of these laws is use of your local government website to keep citizens informed. Are you complying?

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Topics: local government websites, best practices, transparency

E-government ROI: The numbers are hard to ignore.

Posted by Lesli Keister

Aug 26, 2014 2:30:00 PM

The way government operates is changing. Gone is the day of arriving at City Hall between thehours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to take a number and wait in line. Much like the business sector embraced technology to change how it interacts with customers, government is finding ways to better the citizen experience. Interacting through government websites has become the norm.

The key to this improved service is e-Government (e-Gov)  the process of delivering information and processing government transactions digitally through web and mobile applications. 

In a recent survey, 90% of respondents said they prefer to conduct business with their local government online.*
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Topics: eGovernment, local government websites, Budget

What happens when citizens invest in communities? I Do It Locally

Posted by CivicPlus

Aug 21, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Featuring active citizens – local heroes – on your website is a great way to involve them and show your community spirit. At CivicPlus, we call our citizen celebration, I Do It Locally.

Kansas native Ali Edwards is one such community-minded do'er. Despite the temptation many young people feel to leave Kansas in search of greener pastures, Ali stayed. In doing so, she found her place as an integral member of her community. She's committed to accessible healthcare, helping the poor, and sustainable living.

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Topics: I Do It Locally

Employee Performance Management - A Webinar Invite

Posted by Kristine Rice

Aug 15, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Join us Thursday, August 21 at 1:30 CST for a 30-minute webinar to discuss how a web-based  employee performance management assessment tool can save administrative time and increase efficiency.

We will discuss:

  • Management by Objectives  
  • Linking Objectives to Community Goals
  • Tracking Core Competencies   
  • Leveraging Multi-Appraiser Setup

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Topics: CivicHR, Human Resources, webinar

Ready to take the CivicLink Challenge?

Posted by CivicPlus

Aug 13, 2014 10:45:00 AM

There's still time to register for the 11 a.m. CDT August 21 webinar:

Take the CivicLink Challenge: 
Your personal guide to citizen satisfaction and interaction

In this webinar, we’ll discuss:
  1. What is CivicLink?
    We'll unpack this innovative, free tool and show you how it works.
  2. Why CivicLink?
    Discover why citizen and staff input is essential to the future of your community.
  3. What will CivicLink do for you?
    Get a glimpse of what you’ll learn from the assessment and find out how to put your personalized plan into action.
  4. How do you get started?
    Take the CivicLink challenge and prepare to reap the rewards of a better-connected community.
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Topics: civic engagement, CivicPlus, webinar

What’s the proven secret to community engagement?

Posted by Lesli Keister

Aug 7, 2014 2:39:00 PM

The secret is... you've got to be online.

And you need more than set of stale web pages that serve as a digital billboard, but offer no interaction.

When fully realized, e-government offers two-way (and multi-way!) interaction which results in happier citizens, more efficient governments, and better communities all around.

Like so many other businesses and organizations, local government is increasingly converting its operations from in-person to online.

Have you asked your citizens how they would like to connect with you? Most want to:
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Topics: digital community engagement, eGovernment, civic engagement

Becoming Your Community's Official Source for Emergency Communications

Posted by CivicPlus

Aug 4, 2014 8:43:00 AM


It’s important for your citizens to know where to turn in an emergency. Where does your community go when they need fast, reliable, up-to-date information?

Rather than turning to other sources, wouldn't you rather them come to you? Better yet, you can go to straight to them. 


A customized CivicReady website can be established as the trusted official source of emergency communications and information for your community. 

Your CivicReady website acts as a Mass Communication Portal, allowing you to efficiently inform citizens via your site, email, text/voice, and social media – all from one place.

Do your citizens know where to turn?

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Topics: CivicReady

Boost Employee Success with an Employee Performance Management System

Posted by Kristine Rice

Jul 24, 2014 2:00:00 PM

In many situations, employees and managers don’t see the value of a quality performance management system. It can be viewed as a necessary task to be completed and is often obligatory and rushed through at year-end. These attitudes can impact the performance management discussion, resulting in a strained conversation that's uncomfortable for both the manager and the employee.

To make matters worse, this performance review experience can be impacted by the bias of the manager, especially when there is not an objective performance review system in place. Without specific performance review guidelines, a manager might complete the review based on an opinion of the employee, instead of looking at specific factors and data points that impact performance.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Topics: CivicHR

An Easy Way to Help Your Community Find Emergency Shelter Quickly

Posted by CivicPlus

Jul 23, 2014 8:43:00 AM

Can your citizens easily find where to go for shelter in an emergency? For medical attention?

As a community official, you want to rest assured, knowing your residents are safe. The CivicReady Shelter Management System is a simple new solution from CivicPlus. We've made it easy for you to provide up-to-date shelter information and availability to your community 24/7.

During an emergency, quickly locating a safe place is essential. Are you ready?

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Topics: CivicReady

Reaching Citizens with just One Click on Your Government Website

Posted by Lesli Keister

Jul 22, 2014 9:14:29 AM

Meet Vienna  - Vienna may be a suburb of Washington D.C., but when you enter this small tight-knit community, that’s easy to forget. Full of traditions, including an array of community-centered events, the citizens of Vienna are an active group known for their volunteerism, as well as a dedication to making their town a great community to live. Meanwhile, the Town of Vienna strives to provide high-quality services and amenities to their deserving population...making a functional, top-notch government website all the more crucial.

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Topics: local government websites