A webinar during the Oct. 12, 2010, Local Government Summit will feature IT leaders from New York, Boston, Miami-Dade County, Fla., and the Washington-based Public Technology Institute (PTI) discussing how local governments can take advantage of social media to better engage residents in local issues. Presenters for "The New Public Square: Engaging residents with Social Media" webinar will discuss how cities and counties are using Facebook, Twitter and mobile apps to communicate with their residents.

Alan Shark, executive director of PTI, will moderate the discussion between Joe Morrisroe, executive director of NYC311 in New York; Nigel Jacob, co-chair of the Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics; and Judi Zito, director of the Miami-Dade County, Fla., Government Information Center.

The webinar, from 2:15 to 3:15 EST on Oct. 12, is part of the Local Government Summit, a one-day online conference that includes seven education sessions and a virtual exhibit hall. To register for the free event, visit the Local Government Summit online registration page.

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