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Open Gov Across Borders

There are certain governments that quickly come to mind as groundbreakers in the fledgling Gov 2.0 movement: State of Utah, City of San Francisco, City of DC, Manor, TX.

Edmonton, Alberta is making critical strides of awesomeness in joining that pack. From last week’s Open311 announcement (Edmonton is a partner to SF in this important effort to standardize access to city services) to Saturday’s Open City Workshop, Edmonton – known on Twitter as Yeg in line with its airport code – is making huge moves to improve civic life through technology and community collaboration.

Yesterday, Edmonton CIO Chris J. Moore was widely quoted as telling attendees, “You are the strategy.” Moore is a pretty cool dude. His office has no desk, just couches and a laptop, so I’m told. (I’ll pin that and more rumors down when Moore visits SF in April.) Saturday, he announced several new “Open City” initiatives: a new app for reporting quality of life issues; a new partnership with Code for America on improving local technology; moving IT services to the cloud; and an app-building contest with a $50,000 kitty.

Edmonton has a vibrant social media community, which I’ve written about before. I’m excited to see what the future brings. I’ve also put together a list of folks on Twitter involved in the Open City discussion, and you can follow them here.

– Adriel Hampton


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