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Harnessing citizen participation via social media and open source tools

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Originally published at GovLoop.com

Last week, I had the opportunity to present for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) summer meeting along with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Earlier this year, he announced that Baltimore County would be launching 23 technology initiatives and he shared a bit about their social media efforts to communicate more effectively with citizens on these and other county projects.

Below are the slides from my presentation, in which I gave some background on the Local Open Government Initiative, highlighted some cities and counties who are using social media effectively and shared some thoughts/insights on the future of open government.

Do you have other ideas / examples for how counties can  leverage social media to better connect and communicate with citizens?

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Andrew Krzmarzick is a classic connector a la Malcom Gladwell's book "The Tipping Point" and has a job that matches his passion. In October 2009, he became the Director of Community Engagement for GovLoop.com, the premiere online community connecting nearly 45,000 government innovators from across the globe. Prior to the GovLoop gig, Andrew helped scores of non-profits, educational institutions, cities, states and other do gooders to generate well over $100 million to sustain their vital

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