Local Governments Have Embraced New Technology to Weather the Pandemic, Survey Finds

Route Fifty: Since March, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on local governments, forcing furloughs, layoffs and projected revenue shortfalls in the coming fiscal year. But amid the difficulties, there are bright spots—including the widespread adoption of new technology, a trend that government officials say is likely to continue.

“We’re all working from home now, so you have to kind of blow up the process and start all over,” said Luke Stowe, interim director of administrative services and chief information officer for the city of Evanston, Illinois. “And that has been a positive thing.”

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