CGS IN THE NEWS
New U.S. Census Bureau data shows Illinois had nearly 10,000 fewer residents in 2014 than in the previous year – the largest numerical decline of any state in the nation and the first statewide population dip since the mid-1980s. Read the full article here.
CGS, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO ), has developed a single centralized location for obtaining much of the data needed to complete an Enterprise Zone application. Users of this site may generate a PDF report of the relevant data for all 10 Enterprise Zone criteria along with a map of the Local Labor Market Area (LLMA). Visit the Enterprise Zone Assistance website for more information.
The Great Recession prompted a "new normal" for local government that caused some organizations to refocus their goals, structure, and service delivery methods. CGS Assistant Director Dawn Peters co-authored A Handbook of Alternative Service Delivery for Local Government that offers a guide to alternative service delivery methods. Through research of organizations that have ventured into these various alternative methods, this handbook provides information and insight local governments can use to provide public services more effectively and efficiently. Information about the e-book may be found here.
The DATA Act is a monumental piece of legislation - probably the most significant legislation for government since the passage of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1966. With the signing of the DATA Act, our nation's leaders are now transititioning to the implementation phase. It is critical that our leaders think holistically about any new developments for this Act. The design and development of solutions should involve a variety of consumers as well as producers of financial information; this will ensure their reporting and analytic activities will be made easier and more effective. Most importantly, a standard data dictionary (taxonomy) and core repository is necessary to implement the DATA Act . Read what Shannon Sohl, CGS research associate, recently wrote on this topic for the Sunlight Foundation blog.
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