From a City Manager
“From the City Manager’s seat, we constantly speak with our elected officials about assessing, improving and demonstrating value, and Edge speaks directly to that. Most communities across the country are being prepped like never before in terms of resources and trying to prioritize what they can do and where they should be making an investment that will yield a return for their community’s benefit. To have a tool like Edge that really speaks to that in terms of using an assessment methodology, benchmarking, looking at best practices to create a business case for why investments are important and how they add value in a meaningful and measurable way to what a community is trying to accomplish is really beneficial for city governments.”
Rashad Young, City Manager
City of Alexandria, VA
from the library field
Edge & libraries: Putting Community at the Center
In this recent District Dispatch blog post, guest bloggers Amelia Bryne and Craig Gerhart connected with the Library of Virginia to learn how the state sets levels of achievement for a diverse group of libraries through their Planning for Library Excellence standards. The conversation they had with Carol Adams did not go as expected. Instead, they learned more about how Edge helps with community engagement. Read the blog post.
Library Leaders Share how Edge is used in Their Communities
In recent interviews with library leaders who have tested the Edge Initiative, we learn how this tool is impacting small and large communities. Read the case studies to hear how Edge is helping to inform the strategic planning process, enhance staff training, increase Broadband capacity, demonstrate community outcomes, and much more.