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Communities care about transparency

April 26, 2013

While the need for open and transparent government operations is obvious, it is important for local offices to recognize that their constituents do care about transparency. According to the Lansing State Journal, open government is better government, and ensuring public access to data should be a top priority for any state, county or town office.

Rather than struggling to implement successful transparency and open government initiatives, local councils should invest in high-quality agenda and meeting management solutions that make transparency easy and automate critical processes. The recording, organization and posting of legislative discussion and decisions in a swift manner is the core of any open government efforts, and the automation of these processes can help councils streamline efforts and ensure that they are meeting public needs efficiently.

Citizen engagement is becoming a key demand for many communities, and addressing this need will help local governments improve their reputation and enhance overall operations through increased support from constituents and enhanced awareness of public matters. Transparency isn't a luxury, it's a need for any office, and meeting it should be a top priority, but that doesn't mean it needs to be a challenge.