BoardNews: Spring 2012

Welcome to the Spring 2012 edition of BoardNews! First up, we'll be hosting our 10th Annual eGovernance Workshop on Sept. 6 & 7 in beautiful Park City, Utah. Internationally renowned author Daniel Pink will be the featured speaker -- Registration Details below! BoardDocs has a full calendar of events for 2012, so please check our Upcoming Events page often to find out when we'll be in your area!

In this edition you'll find a highly informative presentation on utilizing Social Media for Better Governance; news about the low-cost iPad 2 for boards, councils and committees; one county's story about switching to paperless meetings to become more effective; as well as several press releases about the Company and our subscribers' governance successes.

We hope you enjoy this edition and will share it with others who may be interested in how eGovernance is helping organizations of all sizes become more effective, from day one. As always, please respond directly to the BoardNews Editor with any feedback you may have.

Christen Clegg
BoardNews Editor

It's Time to Go Viral!
Using Social Media to Engage Stakeholders and Build Community Capital
Many school districts have revisited the long held belief that social media is all bad and have started using Blogs, Facebook and Twitter to better engage stakeholders in the activity of local public schools. Properly leveraged, social media can be utilized to start conversations based on a solid foundation of facts. It's Time to go Viral: Using Social Media to Engage Stakeholders and Build Community Capital was first presented by Ari Ioannides at the 2011 BoardDocs eGovernance Workshop, then repeated again with added content from NEOLA President Dick Clapp at the 72nd Annual NSBA Conference, April 2012 in Boston, MA. View Presentation

Low-cost iPad 2 Smart Bet for Boards!
There’s a lot to be said about the upgrade in iPad technology by Apple in the iPad 3, aka The new iPad, but when it comes down to it, it’s the price of the last generation iPad 2 that prospective tablet purchasers will now be paying attention to most. Which model makes the most sense for you to purchase for your board? Here, we analyze the idea that newest model of the iPad is NOT the only option you’ve got. Read More

BoardDocs Paves Way for eGovernance Future
Once Again, the Industry Pioneer Marks a Year of Significant Achievements in Paperless Meeting Technology
Emerald Data Solutions is now providing eAgenda services to 600 governing bodies worldwide. We celebrated this milestone, marking a period of record-breaking growth for BoardDocs since its national introduction in 2002, at the 72nd NSBA Annual Conference, April 21-22 in Boston. Last year, Emerald Data Solutions released the much-anticipated Goal Tracking functionality, providing BoardDocs Pro subscribers with the ability to easily track and manage strategic goals online, and share that progress with stakeholders. Read More

Savings and Open Governance - Meade County's Success Story
For the Meade County, SD Board of Commissioners, BoardDocs was Simply the Best Fit
As an organization, Meade County was determined to make the transition from manually produced paper agendas and documentation books to a more eco-friendly and forward-looking paperless agenda system as their way of work. “A focused effort by the Meade County Board of Commissioners to provide our citizens with open governance, while at the same time providing staff efficiency and cost savings, led us to BoardDocs,” said Commission Assistant/HR Director, Jerry Derr. Read More

Daniel Pink Selected as 2012 Workshop Feature Speaker
Daniel Pink is the author of four best-selling books on the changing world of work. His articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Wired, andThe Sunday Telegraph. In 2011, Thinkers50 ranked him one of the 50 most influential business thinkers in the world. Read More

2012 BoardDocs eGovernance Workshop Registration is Open!
Each year, BoardDocs hosts an eGovernance Workshop to provide a common arena for governing bodies to gather and learn how to save money, save time and improve organizational communications. On September 6th and 7th, we will return to the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Stein Eriksen Lodge, located in Utah's world-renowned Deer Valley Ski Resort. The event is certain to be one you won't want to miss. Register Today!

BoardDocs Subscribers Earn “Sunny Award” For Transparency In Governance
Fourteen BoardDocs subscribers have been recognized by the editors of Sunshine Review as recipients of the 3rd annual “Sunny Award." The 2012 awards, given to 214 winners out of the more than 6,000 organizations reviewed, recognize the best state and local government Web sites in America that exceeded transparency standards. Read More

BoardDocs Subscribers Receive “Magna Award” For Excellence In Governance
Ten BoardDocs subscribers have been named recipients in the American School Board Journal’s (ASBJ) 18th annual Magna Awards program. The Magna Awards recognize districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. Read More

BoardDocs Sponsors "Running with Ed" Team Benefiting Park City Schools
On Saturday, May 19, the third annual Running with Ed race took place in Park City, Utah. BoardDocs was proud to sponsor its own team this year! The event was an absolute blast for all involved and raised funds for the Park City Education Foundation's Teacher Grants. What a fantastic combination! Read More

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