(800) 995-8696

Long Beach Councilwoman receives open government award

July 24, 2013

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske of Long Beach, Calif., and 14 other honorees were awarded the title of Champions of Change as part of the federal Winning the Future initiative regarding open and transparent government operations. According to Gazettes, Schipske received the recognition for her efforts in integrating social media and blogging with council workflow in order to improve public engagement, as well as her Open Up Long Beach initiative.

Part of the efforts Schipske and other honoree's have undertaken in their respective offices are integrating new technologies with operations in order to enhance transparency and collaboration, the news source reported. This is just one of many initiatives that state, county and city councils can undertake to embrace open government, and many others are turning to improving meeting management services in order to engage the public.

Whether focusing on free access to data or integrating the community in actual council meetings, transparency and open government efforts should be applauded in any state. Local councils can embrace high-quality meeting management software and transparency solutions from IQM2 to accomplish these tasks successfully and at a lower cost to the public.