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Welcome OnBoard to Champaign County, Ill.

2023-11-28T17:54:16+00:00November 29th, 2023|boards and commissions, OnBoardGOV|

With its bustling tech scene and its location in the heart of Illinois, Champaign County is often called the “hub of the Silicon Prairie.“ The County’s selection of OnBoardGOV is a testament to its forward-thinking approach. The platform’s comprehensive suite of features empowers Champaign County’s boards and committees to operate at their peak. The Applications [...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

2023-11-13T15:10:44+00:00November 22nd, 2023|holidays|

Last year we shared Plimoth Patuxet Museum's recipe for "pompion pie." This year we've got the recipe for another favorite holiday dessert: Apple Pie from Colonial Williamsburg: "Put a crust in the bottom of a dish, put on it a layer of ripe apples pared and sliced thin, then a layer of powdered sugar; do this alternately till [...]

Too much?

2023-11-15T15:22:08+00:00November 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

November is a month represented by abundance. But when is it "more than," and when is it "over"? Usually, "more than" and "over" are interchangeable, but there are some times that the difference matters. Grammarly has some tips on when to use each, as well as some history on how the rule came about. The words "over" and [...]

November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month

2023-11-13T14:58:28+00:00November 1st, 2023|boards and commissions, infrastructure, local government|

Over the river and through the woods, you’ll find many historic bridges. These bridges play a vital role in our local government infrastructure, connecting communities and representing a bygone era. Who doesn't love a covered bridge, or old stone span? Demolition or replacement threatens many historic bridges due to age, deterioration, or safety concerns. Local [...]

Tech tongue twisters

2023-10-27T15:22:53+00:00October 25th, 2023|technology for municipal professionals|

Technology is constantly evolving, and so are the words we use to talk about it. But even though we’re familiar with many of these terms from seeing them on-screen, we don’t always pronounce them correctly. Fortunately, Simple Ghar has jumped in to help with a list of The Most Mispronounced Consumer Tech Terms and Brands. [...]

AI is stalking your website

2023-10-23T13:32:02+00:00October 23rd, 2023|Uncategorized|

AI is using your local government’s website, and this could be a problem if the information on the website is inaccurate or outdated. A recent article in GovExec reports that government websites often contain inaccuracies. This isn’t deliberate. Usually it’s because site information is outdated, or came from a third party and wasn’t thoroughly checked, [...]

Henri knows spreadsheets are SO 2010s

2023-10-05T18:20:01+00:00October 11th, 2023|boards and commissions, OnBoardGOV, Uncategorized|

This is Henri. He and his friends disapprove of using spreadsheets to manage your local government's boards, commissions and committees. Here's why: They know spreadsheets have long been a staple of local government boards and committees. But as these entities become more complex, and their work more demanding, spreadsheets are failing to meet their needs [...]

Welcome October!

2023-09-27T13:12:57+00:00October 4th, 2023|#clerkslife|

October is a month of change. The leaves turn color, the air gets crisp, and we start to think about the holidays ahead. It’s also a month of reflection and preparation for local government professionals. As we enter the fourth quarter of the year, it’s important to take some time to assess our progress and [...]

Sort it out

2023-09-22T14:21:51+00:00September 27th, 2023|OnBoardGOV, tips and tricks|

When you create seats in OnBoardGOV, they automatically sort by seat name (Seat 1, Seat 2) in the board viewer. Want to see them listed alphabetically by last name? Click the top of the column, and voila! Click the Save Order button that shows up after you've made changes. This hack works for any column in the [...]

Local government boards, committees, and commissions. What’s the difference?

2023-08-31T17:47:52+00:00September 20th, 2023|boards and commissions, local government, public information|

In addition to the governing body - which may also be referred to as a board or council - local governments may establish boards, committees, and commissions. While these terms are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between them. Local Government Boards Local government boards are bodies established to oversee specific departments or areas [...]

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