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You deal with complicated issues every day and we want to be a go-to resource to help you navigate them with ease. From spurring economic development in your community to implementing a local solution for cannabis regulation, 3rd party experience, research and insights can often be just the help you need to start a meaningful conversation and quickly determine the solution that is right for you.  
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    Tools and Techniques to Spur Next-Gen Economic Development

    How easy is it for companies to do business in your community? Can they obtain licenses and permits, submit supporting documents, and pay fees using convenient digital services? These services are critical components of a business-friendly ecosystem that attracts new employers and encourages expansion….
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    Accelerating Digital Service Delivery

    Yes, it’s possible to answer resident demands and improve services at the same time. Technological change, and its impact on the world’s services and customer expectations, has resulted in a critical inflection point for government – one that has the potential to empower state and local leaders like never before….
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    Strategies To Effectively Regulate Emerging Markets

    Enforcing regulations is fundamental work of state and local government agencies, but a host of emerging markets poses a unique set of challenges for public officials. In a recent Governing Institute survey, leaders from states and localities throughout the country said they expect to see increased regulation around short-term home rentals like Airbnb, ride-sharing services, cannabis and tiny homes, to name a few….
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    Stimulating Economic Growth Through Modern Business Licensing

    As communities seek to stimulate growth and spur economic development, they must evaluate their local government’s role in attracting new businesses and retaining existing ones, the factors impacting new business growth, and the effectiveness of growth incentives and disincentives….

    8 Trends Transforming Community Planning

    The world’s population is projected to increase from 7.6B to 9.8B by 2050*, and the characteristics of the population are changing. Planners and the community planning function are responsible for creating environments that are suitable and appealing for a broad array of citizens to help their communities grow and thrive….

    Shrinking Permit Turnaround Times

    When it comes to permitting, safety is the number one priority. By enforcing construction codes and standards specific to a geographic region, states, cities, towns, and counties protect their citizens from avoidable hazardous situations. Building codes give communities the best chance at defending themselves against structural failures and lower the risk of damage caused by the elements….
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    A Fast, Effective Path to Marijuana Regulation

    Local governments leaders are turning to technology to simplify marijuana regulation, revenue collection and enforcement. Learn about the tools communities can leverage to coordinate efforts between multiple departments, manage data, report results to the public and stakeholders, and launch these sensitive programs successfully and efficiently.
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    The Modern City: Reducing Red Tape with Civic Technology

    This issue brief, from the Governing Institute, discusses how modern cities are ushering in a new era of technology innovation and cutting the red tape traditionally associated with municipal regulatory processes to improve the quality of life for citizens and help drive economic development.
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    Making Your Community Thrive: Attracting Developers to Spur Economic Growth

    This white paper will discuss how local government officials can employ the right mix of strategic planning, citizen engagement and innovative technology to attract development and appeal to new and growing businesses. Learn what Boston, Mass., Tampa, Fla., Palo Alto, Calif., and Hillsboro, Ore., have done to meet their long-term economic goals — and the technologies they put in place to get there.

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