Local Government Innovation Pursuing a Vision of Effective Governance
Innovation in local government is about meeting the needs of citizens, as well as about improving method and process of governing. Municipal and civic life does not operate in isolation, but within a rich fabric of local, state and federal policy, a critical component of the analytical approach taken by the Center for Innovation in Local Government (CILG). CILG focuses on:
1) exploring new approaches to the optimal governance of local communities,
2) innovative use of digital information and communications technology; and
3) the public policy context of governance. CILG’s approach looks at such key municipal functions as communications and revitalization of community life, and on developing innovative and effective approaches to the provision of services.
CILG pursues the vision of effective governance that encourages a sense of cooperation, trust and understanding among citizens, administrators and elected official alike. The principals and associates of CILG have considerable expertise in the arena of local government innovation, including the assessment of new municipalities and the outsourcing of municipal services, communications and e-government, social media and virtual participation, and other applications of technology to government. The CILG has also developed a database of municipal information, both quantitative and qualitative, which is under continuous development.
Paul M.A. Baker, Ph.D. Chair, CACP Policy Advisory Council, Georgia Institute of Technology
James D. White, Ph.D., Director of Communications Studies, CACP, Georgia Institute of Technology