Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Using CFPB complaint data to help cities and counties protect the public

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Using CFPB complaint data to help cities and counties protect the public. “We wanted to increase the impact of our complaint data by sharing it with cities and counties so they can increase their efforts to protect consumers at the local level. Engaging with local governments is a win-win for consumers and the CFPB. It helps protect as many consumers as possible from predatory lending, barriers to credit, and other consumer harms.”

StateScoop: Musk’s changes create Twitter blues for government agencies

StateScoop: Musk’s changes create Twitter blues for government agencies. “Since its emergence in the late 2000s, Twitter has become a standard component in state and local governments’ messaging toolboxes, particularly for agencies that need to get information out as quickly as possible. By 2010, 81% of states were using Twitter regularly, according to a survey published that year by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Since then, its use by the public sector has only grown, from traffic and weather alerts to statewide accounts making cheeky jokes.”

Detroit Free Press: New Wayne County Jail dashboard offers statistics, charts in push for transparency

Detroit Free Press: New Wayne County Jail dashboard offers statistics, charts in push for transparency . Wayne County is the most populous county in Michigan, with just under 1.8 million people. Its county seat is Detroit. “The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network on Thursday morning announced the launch of a free, online database providing demographic figures, mental health data and other information on the county jail population.”

DCist: New Website Helps D.C. Residents Reuse, Rather Than Toss Out

DCist: New Website Helps D.C. Residents Reuse, Rather Than Toss Out. “Remember the three Rs? Not reading, writing and arithmetic — but reduce, reuse and recycle. D.C. has a goal to start doing a lot more of these three things: the city aims to go ‘zero waste’ by 2032, keeping 80% of waste out of landfills and incinerators. The District has just launched a new website to aid residents with R #2. It’s called Reuse DC, and includes an interactive map of places in the region where you can repair, donate, or shop for second-hand items.”

PR Newswire: New Website Helps Public Health Job Seekers Nationwide (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Website Helps Public Health Job Seekers Nationwide. (PRESS RELEASE). “The site offers a simple way to search for jobs both nationally and by state and includes job preview videos of several different public health careers as well as information on working in governmental public health. In the future, add-ons to the site will include additional career spotlights as well as fellowship, internship and training programs in governmental health departments, a job-skills quiz to help identify potential career fits, and career resources for those seeking their first job in government.”

Brookings Institution: Introducing the Smart Growth Cities tool

Brookings Institution: Introducing the Smart Growth Cities tool. “Every region faces unique challenges while benefiting from unique advantages, which is part of what makes successful economic and workforce development planning so difficult, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The Smart Growth Cities tool recognizes this and provides a powerful, location-specific guide that applies research insights and detailed data sources to help planners along this difficult road to achieving economic and workforce outcomes that align with local priorities.”

BusinessWire: Vote Run Lead Launches New Tool Critical to Understanding Representation and the Importance of State Legislative Races (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Vote Run Lead Launches New Tool Critical to Understanding Representation and the Importance of State Legislative Races (PRESS RELEASE). “Vote Run Lead, the nonprofit that trains women to run for political office and win, is launching a new data visualization tool called the State of My Democracy, that shows the state of democracy and women’s representation in America’s statehouses.”

Associations Now: New Website Educates Ohio Voters on Judicial Races Ahead of Election Day

Associations Now: New Website Educates Ohio Voters on Judicial Races Ahead of Election Day. “Launched earlier this month, the Judicial Votes Count website provides information about Ohio’s judicial system and judicial candidates. [Ohio State Bar Association] CEO Mary Amos Augsburger said that historically a substantial number of voters skip voting for judicial candidates because they know little about them. For instance, there was a 16 to 18 percent dropoff in the number of voters who selected a candidate in the state’s Supreme Court races in 2020.”

Manchester Evening News: Council U-turns on removal of meetings video archive from public view after backlash

Manchester Evening News: Council U-turns on removal of meetings video archive from public view after backlash. “Town hall chiefs have U-turned on a decision to remove a video archive of council meetings from public view which came under fire from residents and opposition councillors. Harry Catherall, the chief executive of Oldham council, has today confirmed that after a ‘review’ of the authority’s policies around public meetings, all previous recordings have been reinstated.”

NiemanLab: Most local election offices still aren’t on social media, new research finds

NiemanLab: Most local election offices still aren’t on social media, new research finds. “In our research as scholars of voter participation and electoral processes, we find that when local election officials not only have social media accounts but use them to distribute information about voting, voters of all ages — but particularly young voters — are more likely to register to vote, to cast ballots, and to have their ballots counted.”

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Comptroller’s Office Announces Local Economic Agreement Database is Now Online

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Comptroller’s Office Announces Local Economic Agreement Database is Now Online. “Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced his agency has created an online database for local governments to report their economic development agreements authorized by either Chapter 380 or Chapter 381 of the Local Government Code. The searchable database allows the public to search for agreements by local government, business entity and agreement type.”