While Philadelphia and Chicago are two large cities, municipalities of all sizes are learning to work the web in different ways to engage residents and encourage them to participate in relevant “discussions” about issues impacting their communities.
According to an article in The Atlantic Cities online magazine, cities also are starting to use websites to conduct virtual town hall meetings and for official city blogs or elected city leaders. The article referenced a recent report from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago that compares the websites of the 75 biggest cities in 2009 and 2011. Over that time, Twitter use increased 62 percent, Facebook use by 74 percent and YouTube linking by 59 percent.
With that as a backdrop, cities of all sizes need to ensure they are using their own websites in ways that help deliver value to residents and drive efficiency for local government agencies.
Microsoft announced that the latest version of SQL Server has been released to manufacturing and will be generally available April 1st (interesting choice for date to release a major product, don’t you think?). This release is packed with plenty of new toys for everyone. DBAs will love the new availability feature called AlwaysOn and performance enhancing columnstore indexes. Developers should be looking forward to the SQL Server Data Tools as well as multiple language enhancements, like window functions. BAs will be interested to learn about multiple enhancements to the SSAS including the addition of the data visualization tool Power View. As always, organizations should exercise caution when adopting new technologies. Enjoy it, with care!
Sophicity signed up, along with other corporate sponsors, to help Sheltering Grace Ministry through High Tech Ministries Serve@Work first service project for FY2012. At this project we came out with jeans, T's, and tools to complete a Home Makeover (removing trees, landscaping, replacing a roof, replacing siding, replacing cabinets, paint, building storage unites, etc.)
Ralph Bell, the Executive Director of Sheltering Grace, shared "Each time I visit the Richard Street property I remember you guys and the rest of the team and how much you gave of yourselves to benefit others, the women in our program. I am still amazed at the transformation of this property as are all the neighbors. Your work is a testament to the love of our Lord and the dedication of His people to serve others, to be His hands and feet in this lost world."
From Scripture, Jesus says “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me”. In the back yard, Quan counted how many stones there were with names of children carved in them. Each name represented a child born as a result of this ministry. There were 36 stones. 36 children born because of that small house. That means there were 36 homeless pregnant women in need, in trouble, nowhere to go, and this ministry provided a place of refuge, a place of safety, a place for that child to make it into this world, a chance for life.
Helping one makes a difference. Helping an organization whose mission is to help those in need, makes a difference.
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