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How to Build a Tech Ecosystem in Yukon

Last week I was invited to meet with Yukon Premier to speak about innovation in the Yukon. So for almost 2 hours, I joined a group of local entrepreneurs with backgrounds ranging from engineering, software, tech, science, and urban planning to share ideas for how to grow and evolve the tech and innovation ecosystem in Yukon. 

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How to Spend $100 on Social Media Marketing for your Planning Project

Working on a new plan? Want to conduct some community outreach? How big is your marketing budget?

I’ve heard of organizations that spend thousand on marketing. I’ve heard of others who spend zero (I skew toward the zero side at 3Pikas).

Regardless of how much you spend, you aim to spend it well. Right? That’s why thinking hard about what would you do with $100 to spend on social media marketing is super important and can be an extremely valuable exercise. Especially considering that most cities and municipalities don’t have unlimited funds to spend on your project. I have some ideas on what I’d do with the $100, ways to wring the most value out of every penny. I’d love to hear any thoughts you have also (speaking from personal experience even!).

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An Urban Planner’s Journey into the Tech World

Our guest blog post is written by Joshua Croff of West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission where he works as a Planner and GIS Analyst. In just a few weeks, he will be relocating to San Francisco to learn code full-time at Dev Bootcamp, with hopes of applying his new skills to solving civic issues after completing the program. In his free time, Josh enjoys attending indie concerts, exploring cities, biking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Behind the scenes: From herding kids to finishing a project

Hello, and happy March! The light is returning after a long absence and spring is just around the corner. Kids are out of school for spring break and I find myself chauffering to and from the ski hill or other places in town daily. House of cards is back and Doug has some serious problems, we've just launched our new company website, and we’re finishing up an exciting new project.
This new site was created for a few reasons. First, I got tired of dealing with two websites: htt://civic-ly.com and htt://3Pikas.com. It takes time to maintain and update two corporate sites. Second, less is often more. Conventional wisdom of the web suggests that more content leads to more page views. Yet I’ve found the opposite is more often true. It’s not just about quantity. When I focus on doing less and doing it well, instead of doing more, I am less scattered and more deliberate.

For me, being less harried and more present is what’s needed when finishing off big projects. This week, we’re diving into the final stages of pretty exciting project. A few months ago a client approached us looking for an interactive crowdsourcing map to engage with partners and community members on some local issues and create a map of local knowledge. We had been thinking about revamping Civicly for a while so we jumped on the opportunity and kill two birds with one stone.

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7 Amazing Mobile Apps that will Empower Urban Citizens

Up until recently, mobile apps’ biggest impact has been on our lives as consumers.

Amazon has made it dead simple to buy books online. Etsy has made it easier for us to buy hand made, vintage, or crafted items with a few clicks. Spotify provide millions of songs at your fingertip.

Our smartphones are so crucial to our everyday lives. Most of us never leave home without their smartphone.

Startups are now taking full advantage of this trend to overhaul the urban experience of city dwellers. And a few cities are slowly embracing the mobile app revolution and creating better experiences for urbanites around the world.

Imagine a quick and simple way to find a parking space downtown. Imagine being able to borrow tools from someone in your neighbourhood within 30 minutes so that you can build your kids a tree house. Imaging pulling-up a map showing ripe fruit trees ready for picking and stopping to pick a few fruits on your way back from work.

These are just a small sample of mobile apps and services that are being launched each year in cities.

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