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Mayor’s Message 02.18.15

Los Angeles Department of Transportation is the first transit agency in California to create a system-wide mobile ticketing app

On Tuesday, February 17, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched LA Mobile, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s (LADOT) app that lets riders buy tickets on their smartphones for LADOT operated DASH and Commuter Express buses. The launch makes […]

By |February 18th, 2015|Blog, Tech Talk|0 Comments

Let’s Get Social! Virtual Tools for Real Impact

Many of our Neighborhood Councils have become quite adept at using social media outreach to spread the word about meetings and events, recruit volunteers, and interact with their stakeholders, other NCs, and city officials. Have you connected with EmpowerLA on the various social media platforms?

Social media is a powerful way to engage stakeholders who will […]

By |February 11th, 2015|Blog, Tech Talk, Tool Box|Comments Off

Need Web Services? Check the List of Approved Vendors

The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners met this week to discuss the approval of ten vendors that Neighborhood Councils may utilize for web design, maintenance, and training services.

As you are aware, Neighborhood Councils cannot enter into contracts for any services on their own. The Department received thirteen responses to the Request for Qualifications issued in August, […]

By |February 5th, 2015|Blog, Tech Talk|Comments Off

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 […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Blog, Tech Talk|Comments Off

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? […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Blog, Outreach, Tech Talk|Comments Off

How Cities Can REALLY Use Nextdoor Social Network 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 […]

By |October 17th, 2014|Blog, Tech Talk|1 Comment

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 […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Blog, Outreach, Tech Talk|Comments Off

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 […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Administration, Blog, Outreach, Tech Talk|Comments Off

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 […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Blog, Tech Talk|1 Comment

#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 […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Blog, Congress of Neighborhoods, Outreach, Tech Talk|Comments Off