On August 1, 2007, Minneapolis’ I95 W Bridge injured 145 people and took 13 lives when it collapsed into the Mississippi River. Seeing this disaster led Governor Patrick and Massachusetts transportation officials to reexamine the health of Massachusetts’ bridges. What they found was disturbing: 61% …Continue Reading MassDOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program
I’m standing in the middle of the Boston Convention and Events Center staring at a “Plants vs. Zombies” booth surrounded by people, thinking my 9-year-old was missing-out. Out of nowhere, someone slaps something on my wrist. I look down and see a red snap bracelet. …Continue Reading Pax East Showcases MA’s Digital Gaming Industry
One of the core components of the Commonwealth’s Innovation approach is to encourage a culture of innovation at all levels of government. Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) Grants are competitively awarded to municipal governments who seek to change the way they do business. Lieutenant Governor Murray …Continue Reading Community Innovation Challenge: Incenting Creativity at the Local Level
“Tree limb snapped, hanging on phone wires,” “Pedestrian street signs are down,” and “Pothole on Smith St” are common concerns reported each day to local governments across the United States. But instead of a requiring a phone call, a letter, or an in-person trip, these …Continue Reading Commonwealth Citizens Connect: Using Technology to Create Dialogue Between Residents and Government
The initial projects from the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO) seek to deploy COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) and SaaS (software as a service) software solutions to address identified needs within the Commonwealth. Because OGIO is subject to Massachusetts procurement laws, regulations, and policies for …Continue Reading Attention Software Publishers: 3 Steps to Doing Business with the Innovation Office!
Businesses interact with the Commonwealth every single day on a variety of matters – from accessing resources to understanding obligations and regulations. In dialoguing with business owners, we found that some business owners knew exactly which persons and programs to contact within the state, easily …Continue Reading One-Stop Business Portal Launches
The overarching goal of Mass.gov is to enable the Commonwealth’s constituents to easily find, learn about and access state services. To do this effectively, Mass.gov’s staff periodically reviews how to best deliver information. After all, technologies which were once cutting-edge, look quaint in hindsight. (Nostalgia …Continue Reading Commonwealth Website Evolves for a Mobile World
Welcome to the Mass Innovation blog! In my role as Government Innovation Officer (GIO), I have been charged with looking at how the various operations of the Commonwealth state government can be streamlined by leveraging innovations. To begin, I went on a “listening tour” — …Continue Reading Welcome to Mass Innovation