More Productive from Home: Governments Learn to Love Remote Work

Governing: Developers looking to do big projects in Waukesha County, Wis., have to get approval from a lot of different disciplines — soil analysis, stormwater, road design and all the rest. Typically, that involves setting up a big meeting so that all the review entities can make recommendations without conflicting with each other.

Just setting up the meetings can be a time-consuming process, but lately it’s become easier. Developers are sending in digital files including all their plans, which are then displayed and reviewed during video conferences. This was designed initially as a workaround, with employees of the suburban Milwaukee region scattered by the coronavirus, but now this more efficient way of holding meetings will become standard.

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