Recent Innovative Practices
"Alexa, Ask the City of Johns Creek"
Johns Creek has developed a municipal Amazon Alexa skill, which leverages open data from the city's open data portal (DataHub) and makes it more accessible to citizens through Alexa's natural language question-answer workflow. By simply asking the "City of Johns Creek" skill, users can obtain answers to more than 200 questions regarding city operations, services and common inquiries.
Alpharetta Employee Referral Program
Alpharetta's Employee Referral Program is designed as a partnership between the city and its most valued asset and best recruiters, the employees. The purpose of the program is to provide an incentive award to current employees who bring new talent to the city by referring applicants who are subsequently selected and successfully employed.
Snellville Community Garden
Snellville's Community Garden is a place where residents can work year-round on gardening projects and beekeeping. In addition to producing food, the garden is a collaborative enterprise that brings the community together.
How Cities Can Embrace Innovation With Smarter Regulations
Many city governments are torn when it comes to innovation. On the one hand, constituents increasingly demand flexibility, interaction, and iteration, and governments want to be seen as responsive to new ideas and services. On the other, cities are bound by regulatory processes developed decades ago and designed for predictability, stability, and protection. The real work for city leaders today is to create not just new rules, but new ways of writing and adjusting regulations that better fit the dynamism and pace of change of cities themselves.
Athens-Clarke County Innovation Ambassadors
How can cities foster and institutionalize a culture of innovation? Athens-Clarke County recently implemented a program to encourage collaborative and cross-departmental improvements.
Advancing a New Wave of Urban Competitiveness
This handbook offers concrete strategies for mayors and their administrations to facilitate the rise of innovation districts—small geographic areas within cities where research universities, medical institutions, and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, accelerators, and incubators.
Downtown revitalization can be a daunting enterprise, unless you start small—literally.
Citizen Chalkboard Budget Workshop
Like any other city, Hapeville’s budget affects every citizen, but the public is not consistently engaged in the budget process. The Citizen Chalkboard set out to change that.
Honorary Councilmember of the Month
Citizen engagement is a persistent challenge for municipal governments. The Honorary Councilmember program offers a solution by giving interested citizens access to the inner workings of the city. This case study presents the program as it has operated in Oxford from 2013 to the present.
Watkinsville - The Artland of Georgia
Many historical towns/villages are identified by statues of famous people telling a compelling story of place and culture. Watkinsville does not have such a monument, though its history extends to the beginning of the 19th century. What it does have is art, and a thriving community pride in its growing reputation as the Artland of Georgia.
Fort Valley's Front Porch Roll Call
According to Robert S. Stering's 2004 Police Officer's Handbook
, a roll call is a briefing "where supervisors take attendance, inspect uniform and equipment, inform the oncoming shift of any outstanding incidents that may have occurred, inform officers of suspects to be looking out for, relate any law or procedural changes, and so on." While roll calls are a very common occurance in police departments around the state, the city of Fort Valley is taking the roll call to the community.