Citizen Engagement http://americancityandcounty.com/taxonomy/term/31861/more en Cities nationwide push to lower voting age to 16 http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/cities-nationwide-push-lower-voting-age-16 <div class="node-body article-body">In upcoming elections, voters in multiple cities may start seeing a lot more younger people at polling places. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/cities-nationwide-push-lower-voting-age-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/cities-nationwide-push-lower-voting-age-16#comments Citizen Engagement Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:55:00 +0000 83071 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Stoneman Douglas shooting survivors Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg gather at the Rally to Support Firearm Safety Legislation in Fort Lauderdale on February 17, 2018. image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Emma_Gonzalez_and_David_Hogg_at_the_Rally_to_Support_Firearm_Safety_Legislation_in_Fort_Lauderdale.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>.&nbsp;</p> Government-run citizens’ academies educate people on local public affairs http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/government-run-citizens-academies-educate-people-local-public-affairs <div class="node-body article-body">Citizen engagement is an ever-present challenge in local government, but programs across the country are bringing citizens closer to government by educating them on its inner workings.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/government-run-citizens-academies-educate-people-local-public-affairs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/government-run-citizens-academies-educate-people-local-public-affairs#comments Citizen Engagement Administration Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:12:00 +0000 82571 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A Minneapolis City Council meeting in January 2018. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Minneapolis_City_Council_Organizational_Meeting_-_City_Hall_(38891369964).jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Cities celebrate Juneteenth to commemorate abolishment of slavery http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/cities-celebrate-juneteenth-commemorate-abolishment-slavery <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Many cities across the country have held or are holding formal celebrations&nbsp;to mark the day known as Juneteenth.</p> <p>Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 each year, commemorates the announcement of slavery&rsquo;s abolition in Texas on June 19, 1865, according to the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). Texas was the final rebel state to allow slavery during the civil war, ending the practice nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/cities-celebrate-juneteenth-commemorate-abolishment-slavery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/cities-celebrate-juneteenth-commemorate-abolishment-slavery#comments Citizen Engagement Administration Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:30:00 +0000 82331 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Juneteenth&nbsp;Memorial Monument in Austin, Texas. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Emancipation_Proclamation_-_Juneteenth_Memorial_Monument_-_Austin_Texas.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> When budget surveys fall short http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/when-budget-surveys-fall-short <div class="node-body blog-body">Public policy and facilitation veteran Chris Adams explains why online, interactive budget simulations are superior tools to budget surveys.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/when-budget-surveys-fall-short" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/when-budget-surveys-fall-short#comments Citizen Engagement Viewpoints Wed, 02 May 2018 16:15:00 +0000 81891 at http://americancityandcounty.com Making public services smarter http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-public-services-smarter <div class="node-body blog-body">Alex Bäcker, founder and CEO of queue management technology company QLess, explains how governments can improve personal interactions between officials and citizens.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-public-services-smarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-public-services-smarter#comments Citizen Engagement Viewpoints Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:09:00 +0000 81721 at http://americancityandcounty.com Report: 267 Ohio public entities were issued 321 citations in 2017 for violating public records laws http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/report-267-ohio-public-entities-were-issued-321-citations-2017-violating-public-r <div class="node-body article-body">The Ohio Auditor of State recently released a report that shows that 261 Ohio public entities were cited for violating public records laws in 2017, which is a decrease from last year’s numbers. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/report-267-ohio-public-entities-were-issued-321-citations-2017-violating-public-r" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/report-267-ohio-public-entities-were-issued-321-citations-2017-violating-public-r#comments Citizen Engagement Records Management Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:09:00 +0000 81251 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stack_of_Copy_Paper.jpg">Wikimedia&nbsp;Commons</a>.</p> New city logos and branding unveiled to mixed response http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/new-city-logos-and-branding-unveiled-mixed-response <div class="node-body article-body">Cities are releasing new logos and slogans, but not everyone is thrilled with the new designs.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/new-city-logos-and-branding-unveiled-mixed-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/new-city-logos-and-branding-unveiled-mixed-response#comments Citizen Engagement Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0000 80191 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The new Raleigh, N.C. logo. Image via City of Raleigh.</p> Communities need more than dollars to bring about real change http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/communities-need-more-dollars-bring-about-real-change <div class="node-body blog-body">Toni Irving, executive director for community violence prevention advocacy group Get IN Chicago, explains how local governments can best execute social justice initiatives.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/communities-need-more-dollars-bring-about-real-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/communities-need-more-dollars-bring-about-real-change#comments Citizen Engagement Viewpoints Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:26:00 +0000 77951 at http://americancityandcounty.com Taxation placation http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/taxation-placation <div class="field-deck"> The strategies counties use to devise new taxes and get voters on board with them </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Counties use various strategies to devise new taxes and get voters on board with them.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/taxation-placation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/taxation-placation#comments Citizen Engagement Finance Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:16:00 +0000 77271 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A sales tax increase in Johnson County, Kan., will help fund a new courthouse to replace the deficient facility pictured here. Image via Johnson County.</p> Cities outsource new flag designs to the public http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/cities-outsource-new-flag-designs-public <div class="node-body article-body">City flags can hold great symbolic meaning for a city by representing its culture and heritage. Fittingly, many cities are outsourcing new flag designs to residents.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/cities-outsource-new-flag-designs-public" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/cities-outsource-new-flag-designs-public#comments Citizen Engagement Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:54:00 +0000 76491 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Orlando, Fla.&#39;s current flag design. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Orlando,_Florida.png">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p>