Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Digging deep into the underground

EfficientGov recently published an article on local governments' repurposing of unused underground spaces.

The article outlined how communities with vacant property were able to creatively use their real estate. From underground carbon-free farms in London to bike storage in Tokyo, and a bike park in Louisville, cities are finding new ways with their old, empty spaces.

Does your municipality have unused real estate? Whether creating a program through committee, or working with an NGO, you may have an opportunity to turn it into a resource rather than blight. Have any ideas? We'd love to hear them in the comments.

We love efficient solutions!

Photo credit: untitled by Stuart McAlpine on Flickr (Creative Commons)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New website design!

New site design!

ClerkBase is proud to roll out our new website design!
We've retained our informative and reliable content, now in a cleaner, even more mobile-friendly design. You'll be able to access what you need to know about transparency and our products quickly and easily.
ClerkBase homepage

We're Asking

What else would you like to see on the site? How can we make it best suit your needs? We strive to provide the most relevant information to our visitors, and welcome your feedback! Email us at mail@clerkbase.com to let us know.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Green thumb

This is a bit of a long one... but especially now that we're well into the spring and summer months, we're missing the outdoors. Bringing plants into the office can boost air quality and mood. Daily Infographic shares Ayana's best indoor plans for the office.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

7 Habits of an Effective City Clerk

"Rubber Stamp Tree" by Jeffrey Beall on Flickr

EfficientGov published an article titled "7 Habits of a Highly Effective City Clerk." In the article, outgoing Des Plaines, Ill. City Clerk Gloria Ludwig shares her secrets, including:
  1. Stay Educated
  2. Affiliate with the Pros
  3. Communicate Regularly
Clerks, what are your best tips for efficiency and effectiveness? Residents, what efficiencies do you wish were in use in your local government?

Talk about it in the comments!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fiscal early warning system?

The PEW Charitable Trusts reports that "Virginia will create a system to alert local governments when there are signs that they may be in fiscal distress." According to PEW, 22 other states now have similar systems.

Is your local government equipped to identify its own fiscal distress? If not, what methods can it take to introduce policies and procedures?

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Best Questions to Ask in Every Job Interview Round

No matter which side of the desk you're on, interviewing for a new position is about more than "can this person do the job?"

Lifehacker offers a few questions that will help you assess whether you're a good fit for the job and the work culture before you're too far into the process. For interviewers, having good answers to these questions will help you determine a right fit, too.

Some examples:
Round 1: “What Was Your Primary Reason for Deciding to Work Here?”
For applicants, this gives insight into the work culture's core values. For interviewers, this shows a genuine interest in the organization's core values - a desire to be part of something rather than punching a clock.

Round 2: “What are the Immediate Projects You’d Like Me to Work on in the First 30, 60, and 90 days?”
Understanding expectations before a new hire even starts will smooth the onboarding process for everyone.

Round 3: “What Can You Tell Me About the Team I’ll Be Working With?”
This will help both of you assess how important teamwork is to the job, and whether the new hire will be a good fit for their particular team.

You can read all the questions at Lifehacker.

What are your most useful interview questions?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Is your hometown on the list?

May is National Bike Month, so we're taking a look at Bicycling magazine's 2016 ranking of 50 Best Bike Cities to see who, where, and why, these 50 cities are the best for bicycling.

What bicycling amenities does your community have?

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