Navigator Award Finalist: Nick O'Day, GIS Manager, Johns Creek, Ga.

 

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This is the 41st in a series of profiles on the 50 finalists for Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards program. The first 10 finalists were from the Government Allies and Cross-Sector Partners category. Finalists 11-20 were from the Agency and Department Leadership category. Finalists 21-30 were from the Executive Leadership category. Finalists 31-40 were from the Next Generation category. Finalists 41-50 are from the Data and IT Innovators category. Explore our complete list of 50 finalists.

Part of every local government’s job is to meet citizens where they are.

In an increasingly digital age, it’s no longer enough to have a working website. As fewer and fewer people regularly navigate to homepages—even those that are compatible with mobile devices—local officials have to find new tools to get their information to a public thirsty for government transparency.

Nick O’Day, a GIS manager in Johns Creek, Georgia, and his team are doing just that. JC Now, a new, custom-built mobile application gives residents the ability to view interactive maps of the city, peruse council meeting agendas, find local official contact information and more, all in one convenient place. The app even sends out push notifications from the city in emergency situations.

A beta version of JC Now won 1st place at the 2014 Esri International User Conference in San Diego, and this is just the beginning for O’Day and his team. Two more applications are in the works for Johns Creek. Apps for requesting help from public works and the police are also in the pipeline.

For his commitment to innovative approaches to public sector communication, Route Fifty is pleased to include Nick O’Day as one of our 50 finalists for the Navigator Awards.  

Quinn Libson writes for Government Executive’s Route Fifty.

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