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Category Archives: Municipal Innovation

Check Out the Updated MassUtilities Map Posted on Apr 11

Check Out the Updated MassUtilities Map

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS). Are you curious which electricity providers are available in your town? What about cable? Now you can find out at a glance. The MassUtilities Map MassGIS recently updated the maps of   …Continue Reading Check Out the Updated MassUtilities Map

Apply Now for the New IT Grant Program for Compact Communities Posted on Feb 22

Apply Now for the New IT Grant Program for Compact Communities

What Is the Community Compact IT Grant Program? The Community Compact IT Grant Program’s goal is to drive innovation at the local level by funding IT improvements, such as technology infrastructure and new equipment and software purchases. Who Is Eligible for the Grant? If your   …Continue Reading Apply Now for the New IT Grant Program for Compact Communities

Learn About the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant Posted on Sep 2

Learn About the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant

This fall, some 25,000 public school students in Massachusetts will gain enhanced access to digital learning in preparation for the 21st-century workforce — thanks to the state’s Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant program, part of a bill funding information technology (IT) improvements that was signed   …Continue Reading Learn About the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launches Its Municipal Grant Finder Posted on Dec 3

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launches Its Municipal Grant Finder

Local officials in city and town governments interact with the Commonwealth every day on a variety of matters – from accessing resources to understanding obligations and regulations. Sometimes, local officials know which persons, programs or agencies to contact at the state level to access the   …Continue Reading The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launches Its Municipal Grant Finder

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Welcomes Inaugural Innovation Fellows Posted on Sep 3

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Welcomes Inaugural Innovation Fellows

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Innovation Fellows (CMIF) Program, inspired by the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program, is designed to cultivate an innovative culture in state agencies, attract and retain talent, and obtain highly qualified leaders who can tackle complex, high-impact challenges. The program was   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Welcomes Inaugural Innovation Fellows

2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO) Posted on Dec 12

2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

The last year has been productive and exciting for the Patrick administration as we have moved forward on our innovation agenda within Massachusetts state government. During Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), the following activities were completed: Assessed needs and “opportunities for innovation” among the Commonwealth executive   …Continue Reading 2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

High Tech Municipal Facilities Management Posted on Jul 23

High Tech Municipal Facilities Management

Victor Diniak had a vision. As Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) in the Town of Hanover, he wanted to further streamline town operations by allowing residents and building users to report facility issues using their smartphones. Hanover had already achieved impressive efficiencies:   …Continue Reading High Tech Municipal Facilities Management

Leveraging IT in Massachusetts’ Municipalities Posted on Jun 11

Leveraging IT in Massachusetts' Municipalities

Massachusetts is composed of 351 cities and towns.  In just over one year, I have personally visited more than 150 of these communities to help them leverage technology. Today, more than ever, our state agencies and local governments rely on technology to make services easy   …Continue Reading Leveraging IT in Massachusetts’ Municipalities

Community Innovation Challenge: Incenting Creativity at the Local Level Posted on Apr 23

Community Innovation Challenge:  Incenting Creativity at the Local Level

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