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Based upon the facts disclosed by the survey, a plan was presented for

A reorganized health service

An up-to-date system of records and reports

An efficiency program

Official Endorsement

This was accepted by the board of health, which declared:

"The Board strongly endorses the suggestions for the betterment of the service contained in this report and believes that, if read right, it will do much to enlist the financial and moral support of the citizens of Greater Dayton"

The recommendations of the report are being fully carried out by Dayton, but not solely from humanitarian motives. By investing in public health, Dayton expects and will receive definite returns in the way of better business, larger savings accounts, less need for charity, and greater efficiency of those who earn Dayton's daily bread

Poor health, like slipshod government, is the costliest obstacle a city has to contend with

The city manager plan of government, in which the cooperation of a local bureau of municipal research is utilized, is giving Dayton a business-like administration of its public affairs

Seeking

"This report has been pronounced by health authorities throughout the United States as equal to the best report ever put forth, and we in Dayton regard it as of superior excellence and of great value

to us

"We have, under the new order of things in the city government, carried out most of the outlined suggestions and have put in an entirely new set of health records. Our work has been increased in efficiency, as well as in amount, by more than a hundred per cent"-D. F. Garland, Director of Welfare

"I do believe this survey the most valuable thing we have ever had, and I can honestly say that we have made such a wonderful improvement over the old conditions that there is no comparison

"I wish to state that the work was painstaking, faithful, complete and most valuable. It is the foundation stone which permitted the taking of this Health Department out of politics and putting it on a firmer foundation, such as it has never known before. It was what the thinking people of Dayton had been wishing for and were unable to obtain for themselves"

-A. L. Light, Commissioner of Health

BUREAU OF MUNICIPAL RESEARCH

261 Broadway, New York

To promote the application of scientific principles to government

No.
54

Issued weekly by the

BUREAU OF MUNICIPAL RESEARCH

261 Broadway, New York

August 1
1914

Entered as Second Class Matter July 30, 1913 at the Post Office, at New York, N. Y.
under the Act of Congress, August 24, 1912

What One Chamber of Commerce Has Done

There are about 1650 local commercial organizations in the United States, of which 450 are boards of trade and 420 are chambers of commerce

The primary purpose of such organizations is well-known to foster local trade and to promote local industry

Some have gone further and included within the scope of their activities everything which tends to promote civic and social welfare

Such an organization is the Reading Chamber of Commerce, organized in 1913

A brief record of the first year is given on succeeding pages of this bulletin. It includes the survey of the various branches of the city government by the Bureau of Municipal Research and the distribution of the findings among the citizens of Reading. As a result of this survey

Reading now has an informed citizen body

Reading's city government appropriated the funds necessary for a complete accounting installation

Reading is now being visited by delegates from other cities inquiring as to improved methods

What is your commercial organization doing for your city?

1-To inquire into the methods of administration in municipal and other public offices; to increase efficiency and to inform the public of the facts

2-To promote equitable property assessments

3-To make a special survey and to improve housing, health and sanitary conditions

4-To plan for immediate betterments and improvements and for future city growth, covering the subjects of streets, grade crossings, water supply, sewers, transportation lines, parks and play grounds-in an endeavor to make Reading the most attractive city in the state

5-To enlarge the city's building area by constructing bridges, extending car lines, and other public conveniences; to stimulate the erection of moderate-priced houses for rent 6-To encourage the establishment of vocational schools; to promote educational progress and facilities for public recreation

7-To investigate present traffic needs from the shipper's standpoint

8-To promote public and semi-public improvements, such as the proposed museum and a new hotel

9-To establish and support a farm bureau for Berks County

10-To make an industrial survey; to encourage existing and prospective industries.

11-To discourage unfair competition

12-To advance the cause of intelligent charity through inquiry into the causes and conditions of dependency and by eliminating unworthy appeals for charitable aid

13-To foster buying at home by furnishing the public with. reasons why it is profitable and by improving local salesmanship

14-To develop citizenship by interesting an increasing number of men in movements for the public welfare

15-To hold before the people as an ideal the finest accomplishments of the most advanced cities in the world

1-Surveys made of nine city departments and of school administration [by the Bureau of Municipal Research]

2-Property assessments found inequitable, expert investigation and comparison made of assessments in 9 blocks

3-Conferences held with social workers and city officials in regard to improvement of sanitary conditions; complaint cards printed; co-operation in "clean city" campaign

4-Count made of traffic at Seventh Street grade crossing; study made of street paving conditions; expert brought here for conference on city planning

5-Discussion of annexation encouraged; low-priced homes conference organized

6-Steps taken to increase educational opportunities for young men and women at work

7-Effort made to improve. trolley freight service

8-Ground broken for new hotel

9-Berks County farm bureau organized and financed; agriculturist at work; boys' corn clubs being formed

10-Industrial survey partially made; information in regard to available sites and buildings supplied

11-Work in behalf of mercantile interests by merchants' bureau

12-System of endorsement for solicitors for charitable agencies installed

13-Midwinter "bargain festival" held; inauguration of salesmanship schools urged

14-Fund raised for Fourth of July celebration; discussion and publicity of questions of public moment encouraged

15-High ideals of civic needs held before the citizenship through addresses, meetings, and printed matter; appreciation of the city's present advantages and future possibilities increased

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