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For those of us in govtech, the “digital city hall” is part white whale, part rallying cry. We all want it, and we’re all working toward it, but at times achieving it can feel maddeningly elusive. Sometimes, we’re not even on the same page about...

By Kelli Palm, Lead Product Manager Most people pay their utility bills online. That’s about as convenient as it gets, to the point that we don’t think about our bills unless something goes wrong. But for the unbanked and underbanked population — some 27 percent of US households...

When you’re tasked with regulating industries being disrupted left and right by Silicon Valley, it can feel like an uphill battle: private-sector startups are more agile and tech savvy than local governments. They’ll move faster, and government must find a way to adapt. Take the case...

By Josh Goldstein, VP of Product at CityBase When California voted to legalize marijuana in late 2016, a lot of people were excited, especially the prospective cannabis buyers and sellers. For regulators, though — the group of government officials tasked with setting up a system of permitting...

If you’ve ever seen a wheelchair lift tacked onto a building like an afterthought, you know that adding accessibility after something is already built doesn’t achieve the desired effect. In tech, adding accessibility at the end of a project can have similarly uninspiring results — and...

Elixir makes programmers better at their work, and it makes their work better By Pedro Assumpcao, Lead Software Engineer About a year ago, I decided to pursue the chance to work with Elixir full time as lead engineer at CityBase. Since I began using the programming language in...

By Liz Fischer, Chief Marketing Officer at CityBase 5 Guiding Principles for Government Websites If we were a tech firm serving luxury retail, we might create websites (or other products) catered toward accomplished professionals with a lot of money and little time — who value convenience over price...

By Brenton Peck, a consultant, and relationship manager at the Center for Financial Services Innovation, a nonprofit focused on improving Americans’ financial health. Brenton works with a diverse set of clients on financial health strategy including product design, marketing, and measurement initiatives. Brenton can be reached...

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