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This Week in Open Government

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  • This week marks the launch of the Township of Langley, British Columbia’s Citizen Budget consultation. Over the past few months we’ve worked closely with the Township to provide citizens with a comprehensive budget feedback experience using Citizen Budget, and we are excited to share this tool with its more than 100,000 residents!

  • If you’re interested in learning more about how to effectively promote an online budget consultation project, Delib has shared 15 ways to engage residents on their blog. We’ve previously shared some tips from our experience with Citizen Budget.

  • Sunlight Labs has re-launched Open States with information for all 50 American state legislatures as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. To learn more about this new version of Open States and the history of the project check out this video from James Turk of Sunlight Labs.

  • Peggy Curran of the Montreal Gazette has begun a new series investigating the “secrets to civic engagement” in wake of the Charbonneau commission. This week, Curran profiles Marjorie Northrup, President of Meals on Wheels Quebec and her experience working in the Montreal community.

  • Socrata launched their Open Data Field Guide this week as a resource for elected officials and bureaucrats to ensure their open data strategies are effective. The extremely thorough Field Guide includes input from a handful of North American cities, Code for America and The World Bank. Check it out!