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.