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Historic vs. Historical: Don’t Let the Past Confuse You!

2024-02-07T18:40:04+00:00February 6th, 2024|#clerkslife, communication, historical records, local government, municipal clerks, open government|

As local government staff, you're likely the keepers of your community's history. You preserve records, manage landmarks, and maybe even lead tours through charming old buildings. But for describing these treasures, do you ever stumble over the words "historic" and "historical"? Don't worry, you're not alone! A recent article on Apartment Therapy showed "historic" and [...]

Connectivity and Open Government

2023-06-28T18:50:47+00:00July 11th, 2023|open government, transparency|

Or, how limited Internet bandwidth can really mess up your transparency. If the pandemic taught us anything, it's how important connectivity is to our community. Streaming local government meetings is still a thing, and bandwidth is key, inside Town Hall, and at home. Way back in 2013, telecommunications policy expert Susan Crawford, titled First steps [...]

Ethics matter!

2023-08-16T20:25:18+00:00March 6th, 2021|ethics, open government, transparency|

Providence, Rhode Island City Hall ICMA shared an article on promoting ethical local government by Michael A. Gillette, PhD. Accountability: Local governments must be accountable to the public for their actions. This means that they must be transparent about their decision-making process and be willing to answer to the public for their decisions. Transparency: Local [...]

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