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Los Angeles Places #1 in Digital Cities Survey!

e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government (The Center) today announced the top-ranked cities in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey. In its 14th year, the annual survey is part of the Center’s Digital Communities Program, which focuses on collaboration among cities, counties and regions. Open to all U.S. cities, this year’s survey questions targeted which initiatives cities were most proud of in

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Tech Tips: 3 Ways to Build Community with Digital Tools

For a neighborhood council, social media is all about building community, engaging your stakeholders through more direct contact, and encouraging participation and involvement with your NC. Here are three quick tips to keep in mind as you build your social networks: 1. Get your story out there What is your NC’s history? What are your proudest achievements? Your neighborhood is made up of diverse

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How Cities Can REALLY Use Nextdoor Social Network

Nextdoor.com officials made a big announcement last week that opened up their social network to use by government agencies. Unlike most social platforms, Nextdoor hosts closed neighborhood networks just for the people living in those communities. In this insightful video, Kristy Dalton of GovGirl and NextDoor co-founder Sarah Leary chat about the practical ways cities can use Nextdoor for Public Agencies.

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Surprising Facts About Social Media

Are you reluctant to invest time and energy in social media like Facebook and Twitter because you don’t feel like these platforms are as effective in reaching your stakeholders as “good old-fashioned” mailers and door-to-door canvassing? Do you worry that you wouldn’t reach your target demographic through social media tools? Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are no longer just for

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Need Outreach Help? Check Empower LA’s List of Recommended Vendors

Are you looking to improve your digital presence, spruce up your website, or create more eye-catching flyers for your events? Want to hire an expert who can help you streamline your social media platforms, create attractive templates for your online content, or manage your newsletter and email lists? Don’t know where to look? EmpowerLA is putting together a list of approved vendors that can provide

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Code for America Summit 2014

You can tell that Code for America is pretty special just from their tagline: “Government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. Let’s make it work.” Code for America is a nonprofit started by Jen Pahlka in 2009 to create opportunities for local government geeks to connect with tech geeks to make government services effective and easily accessible by focusing on the user.

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#TUXbootcamp: Digital Tools for Engaging Your Community

The TUX Team was out in full force at the Congress of Neighborhoods on Saturday, ready to share insights and resources for using technology to engage your stakeholders and extend your outreach. At the “Amplify Your Klout: Digital Tools for Empowering Your Community” workshop in Session 2, Stephen Box led a lively discussion about digital tools that can help you make sense of the many outreach

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Controller’s Tech Bullpen Announces Civic Innovation Fellowship

We're stoked to announce the City's first Civic Innovation Fellowship - an exciting partnership between the LA City Controller's Office and verynice. The Civic Innovation Fellows will serve in a paid position as innovators, entrepreneurs, and change agents as they lead a civic innovation project with resources, mentorship, and support from both verynice and the Controller’s Office for a three to

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#TUXBootCamp at Congress of Neighborhoods

So you’re now a Neighborhood Council board member and suddenly you have a flood of emails coming in from your board, your committees, EmpowerLA and beyond. What do you do with all this information? How do you keep track of it? Attend the TUX Team’s “Amplify Your Klout” workshop at this Saturday’s Congress of Neighborhoods to find out! This workshop will give you resources and tools to better

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Last Call for Citywide WiFi

Your feedback on Citywide Wifi is requested. The LA Community Broadband Network (LACBN) initiative (follow on Twitter @LACBN #LAWantsGbFiber #LAWantsWiFi) is a project that is seeking an industry business model that will enable a high speed gigabit network to be implemented in Los Angeles to all residences, businesses, nonprofits and government facilities. It is also seeking WiFi for visitors, students

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