Somewhere between the steel thumbs of Kady O’Malley, the savvy of daveberta and those other, narrative-driving Captain’s logs (clogs?), hopefully lies the future of this blog thread. As the City of Edmonton takes its first steps into social media, I hope to be able to bring insight, spark discussion and ideas and generally turn the faceless municipal bureaucracy into something you know and love. Well, know better, at least.

We want you to meet some of the people who work for the City of Edmonton, find out what we do, how we do it and why we do it. We want to share our passion for making our community better and our expertise in many areas, remembering that if two heads are better than one, then many heads should be better than two, unless there are too many cooks in the kitchen and too many cliches in one sentence.

As for me, I’ve been the Director of Strategic Communications with the City for four years, and I’m excited about our latest foray into social media and the potential for greater dialogue and transparency it represents. We’ve been on Twitter (@cityofedmonton) for a while, but 140 characters can only take you so far. Municipal government is government closest to the people – we want to talk with those who share our interests, and the transparency we demonstrate regularly will carry forward into this venue (our skeletons always have at least one bony toe sticking out of the closet).

How and why we communicate as an organization will be the general theme/topic of these posts. So share your thoughts – is blogging the right step for the City to take? What do you think about the need to discuss some things in private vs. the right of taxpayers to have a say in how their money is spent? Do you want more Kady O’Malley references? Thoughts on future topics? I promise to read, not in a Big Brother kind of way, but maybe in a Big Brother kind of way, (without the implied patronizing). Now if only someone could find a way for us to share a beer over the Internet….is there an app for that yet?

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Robert Moyles
Robert Moyles is the Director of Strategic Communications at City of Edmonton. He will be a regular contributor on communications, transparency, media relations, and how these contribute to the six goals of the Strategic Plan.
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  2. Vincent
    7 years ago

    I am really interested to see what comes out of this initiative. I think this is a great opportunity. I hope this blogging would be an opportunity for people to share ideas and thoughts that may help improve the City as a whole.

    With the downfall of the economy all we hear about is deficits and everybody trying to find ways to save more money or be more cost effective than we already are. One idea that comes to mind is the partnerships between the different levels of governments. We already do it but not to the extent where the added value is optimized everytime. For example, The Provincial Government had a program called the HEP (Homeless and Eviction Prevention) Fund and the City of Edmonton was into building affordable housing. I thought if the 2 Governments actually came together and worked something out, we would have had the potential to not only help those in need but be able to recycle tax payer dollars. How? There are too many people who abuse the HEP Fund which was set up to help with the damage deposit and first months rent to people, but those who came in to get it just got evicted again month or 2 after anyway and just kept going back for more income support. The Province has already burned through a few million dollars that was allocated for this fund. Now if the City built Government run affordable appartments which was reserved for people on income support and the Province made a regulation that in order to receive income support they would be assigned to these Government run appartments. The HEP Fund would be recycled and the rent being paid every month after the first which was paid for through the HEP fund would be a source of contribution back to the HEP Fund to pay for the costs of running and maintaining the appartments. This is just a thought and I am not too familiar with the whole processes of both of the initiatives therefore am not sure if the idea would even work out, but it is an idea if it would work that could save and recycle money, keep people off the streets and help the Government keep track of what’s going on and have some sort of statistics to see if the funding is really making a difference in our communities.

    Is this a possibility or am I just out in the woods on this one?

  3. Vincent
    7 years ago

    I’m sorry I might have posted in the wrong section.

  4. 7 years ago

    …I really wish you had split the infinitive in the header, Mr. Moyles. Would’ve made my evening. Still, good post.

  5. Raffaella Loro
    7 years ago

    I’m interested in hearing debates about what should be private and public. Clearly I’m a little biased, but I want to know what others think so we can better tailor the content of this blog for the people who read it.

    PS. There sort of is an app for sharing beer.

  6. […] and sorry Robert, beer sharing is still an app-free activity, but with the right data, there is one that can help you get safely […]

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