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Daylighting Waterways

2023-06-06T15:49:32+00:00June 6th, 2023|local government, planning|

According to Smithsonian, cities have seen benefits in "daylighting," or uncovering urban waterways that have been buried or covered over. can have many benefits, from improving water quality and wildlife habitat to creating new public spaces and promoting sustainable urban development. However, there are also potential challenges and negative impacts to consider. Benefits: Daylighting waterways [...]

January is School Board Appreciation Month

2023-06-06T16:01:34+00:00January 4th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Your school board works year-round to set goals, policies and budgets for your district. At times, they work under contentious conditions. School Board Recognition Month ensures that these dedicated folks receive some of the thanks they deserve. State school board associations around the country have toolkits meant to help promote the month and the work [...]

Is your town on the spooky list?

2022-10-26T16:53:56+00:00October 26th, 2022|holidays, local government|

It's spooky season, and local governments across the country set up fun activities to celebrate autumn, harvest, and Halloween. When it comes to the best small towns for Halloween fun, Country Living has a list of their 29 favorites. The photo above is a classic destination: Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., location of the Legend of Sleepy [...]

Welcome OnBoard Portland, Maine!

2022-10-19T18:43:02+00:00October 19th, 2022|OnBoard|

The OnBoard member of the month for October is Portland, ME. Welcome to the OnBoard family! Since Portland selected OnBoard to manage their boards and commissions, officials, staff, and the community find it easy to access key information. Portland is the largest city in Maine and the seat of Cumberland County. The city's economy relies [...]

Seeing the future of local government

2022-10-12T18:18:26+00:00October 12th, 2022|#clerkslife, cities, city managers|

National League of Cities released their America Works Report. The report examines the "five key drivers" that will shape workplace changes over the next decade, and what local governments can do. They identify the five key drivers as: "The robots are coming, but the workers are not" - more workers will need training in the [...]

New Look for OnBoard

2022-10-06T17:50:39+00:00October 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Just in time for autumn, OnBoard is showing off its new design. Crisper colors make it even easier to read. It's the latest update that keeps OnBoard the best board & committee management solution in the industry. OnBoard is the only solution built based on the requests and recommendations of user experts, like local government [...]

Welcome OnBoard, Las Vegas!

2022-10-19T18:07:06+00:00September 28th, 2022|#clerkslife, boards and commissions, OnBoard|

Ve-gas! Ve-gas!We want to welcome Las Vegas, Nev. to the OnBoard family! Las Vegas chose OnBoard to manage their boards and committees. Now City officials, staff, and the community find it easy to access key information, and staff can accept and manage applications. As you might imagine, there are plenty of specialized boards and commissions in [...]

Election connection

2023-03-31T16:32:58+00:00September 21st, 2022|#clerkslife, city managers, elections, local government, organizing, volunteer management, vote|

Poll workers are an essential part of the election process. They're also harder to find than in the past. Enter Power the Polls. According to a recent article on GovExec, this nonpartisan, nonprofit group has been helping recruit poll workers since 2020. Jane Slusser, the program manager, said, "We will have a lot of recruitment [...]

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