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How Technology Is Transforming Local Government

The snow’s melting. Temperatures are rising. Spring has officially started, and there’s more daylight every day! If all that wasn’t enough, I’m just a week away from heading to Atlanta, GA for the Transforming Local Government (TLG) Conference! I’m really looking forward to meeting and speaking to so many progressive thinkers from local government (though the opportunity to visit my favorite Caribbean restaurant probably has something to do with my excitement, too).

Ever heard of Jennifer Pahlka? She’s the founder and Executive Director of Code for America.  She also happens to be a keynote speaker at this year’s TLG.  If you ask me, her 2012 TED Talk, "Coding a Better Government," is thought provoking, inspiring, and should be required viewing for government leaders and citizens alike. 

If you haven’t seen it, you need to. I’ll wait.

No really. I’ll wait...

Does anyone else think she bears a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Shue?

When I saw this 2012 Talk, I was immediately charged and inspired to help local governments. And my career at Cartegraph gives me a unique opportunity to do just that.  

Instead of wondering how I can make a difference, I spend my days collaborating with local governments and industry experts across the country to solve the problems that directly affect government efficiency and productivity.

Having worked with government agencies for nearly a decade, one of the main things I’ve learned is that, although every organization has its fair share of issues, every organization has the SAME sets of issues. Whether it’s uphill budget battles, unhappy citizenry, issues managing daily operations or long-term planning, it almost always boils down to a lack of good process and/or data, and the means to do something about it.

Small cities, big cities, counties, states, airports, water and sewer authorities, consulting firms… everybody wants the best tools and data possible so they so they can make informed decisions and allocate resources in the most efficient and productive manner possible.

Luckily, I work alongside some of the most talented thinkers, analysts, designers, and developers in the industry, and we’re working together to change all that.

Our contribution comes in the form of Cartegraph Operations Management System (OMS) technologies, a set of advanced tools, apps, and services that will change how you think about your challenges and how to solve them.

Come to think of it, OMS changes everything.

NOTE: We dismissed the conventional and outdated wisdom that business applications can sacrifice ease-of-use, simplicity, and user experience to accommodate more and more feature bloat. OMS keeps the focus on efficiency and usability, and the result is a system that people want to use. And when people have a system they want to use, organizations will have the data they need to transform.
If you’re at TLG, be sure to stop by booth 215. We’ll give you an up-close look at our solution and tell you how our approach OMS transforms local government for the better.

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