Times are tough for American cities dealing with the financial crisis: A 2009 survey by the National League of Cities found that 84% of cities were facing significant financial difficulties and 92% expected to have trouble meeting citizen’s needs. Between budget cutbacks and increasing demands for services, it’s more crucial than ever to make sure that city government’s resources are managed effectively to achieve the most impact. By introducing innovative technological solutions and opening city data, we can help cities do more and work better by decreasing bureaucratic burdens, lowering costs, and streamlining service delivery.
Web-based tools have the potential to revolutionize the way we approach the business of government and reinvigorate a commitment to civic innovation in our cities. At its core, improving local government efficiency is about freeing up time, money, and energy to allow cities to focus on what’s really important‚ providing for the needs of their citizens and improving the quality of life in their community.