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National Association of Counties
Washington, D.C.

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 NACo launches new online community

By Bert Jarreau
NACO CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER

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NACo has launched a private, managed online community for local government leadership and staff dubbed the County Innovation Network, or COIN, at www.county­innovation.us. COIN will enable counties to leverage the wisdom of the crowd nationally, for learning, discussion and decision-making. 

The COIN community features:

  • A simple registration process with rules that ensure and maintain the security of the membership and defines their information needs 
  • Member-to-Member Con­nectionto search and communicate with local government members locally or nationally
  • Information Exchange to share relevant documents and media files 
  • Helping Hands get local government’s questions answered online by subject-matter experts
  • Groups that organize subject-specific sub-communities to sup­port NACo practice areas and special interest groups
  • Community Hot Topic Con­versations to foster open discus­sions among local government members about practice areas and special interest topics
  • Top of Mind public discus­sions between counties and the corporate community
  • Supplier Zone for suppliers to present relevant products, ser­vices and solutions in storefronts to engage with prospects in a standardized way
  • Link to the NACo Applica­tion Store (a partnership between NACo and Oakland County, Mich.) to share knowledge about deployed IT solutions across counties. 
  • Coming Soon: Link toNACo’s County Intelligence Connection (CIC) 2.0 to obtain a wealth of county data to help make accurate, informed and publicly justifiable decisions. CIC 2.0 will be available in July 2014, and its user-friendly interactive design will capitalize on developments in big-data analytics and Web mapping, providing 61 datasets with 640 indicators for the 3,069 counties, ranging from county financial data to the demographic characteristics of counties. 

CIC 2.0 will enable users to select their county, dataset and the latest annual value of a desired indicator and benchmark against other coun­ties of similar population size.  

COIN is the result of the farsighted vision conveyed by a number of NACo technology and innovation leaders, including NACo Past President and Commissioner Randy Johnson, Hennepin County, Minn.; Maricopa County, Ariz., Recorder Helen Purcell; Orange County, Calif., Assessor Webster Guillory; and Phil Bertolini, deputy county executive and chief in­formation officer for Oakland County, Mich. ​​​​​​​​​

County Innovation Network
Please get started by registering to become COIN members and get engaged at www.countyinnovation.us. To discuss how COIN can help you, contact support@countyinnovation.us.