September 30, 2014 Editorial: FAA Plan for Skies with No Drones is No Plan at All With the billions being invested in developing the technology, can the U.S. afford to proceed with a plan to coordinate airspace that doesn't accommodate these aircraft? September 30, 2014 Selling the Cloud: Technology Companies Look for New Customers Interested in Efficiency, Mobility As the cloud becomes mainstream, local information technology companies see its services not as a trend, but as something with great potential and a way to secure recurring revenue. September 30, 2014 Nextdoor Debuts Service for Public Agencies The popular social networking service will allow public agencies to communicate with more than 42,000 neighborhoods to discuss crime and safety issues. September 30, 2014 With Millions to Give, Foundation Takes Urban-Improvement Ideas from Anyone The Knight Foundation begins accepting applications for its new Cities Challenge program Wednesday. Unlike other competitive grant programs, anyone can apply. September 30, 2014 In Texas, Solar Manufacturer Ramps Up Production The move is part of San Antonio’s effort to become a solar energy hub – by building solar farms to help power the area and luring the companies that manufacture their parts. September 30, 2014 Driverless Car Rides? Mayor Eric Garcetti Hopes L.A. Will be First Projects to test new transportation technology and infrastructure are needed, the mayor said, because "autonomous vehicles are going to be here." September 30, 2014 Social Security Administration Opens New Data Center The new building will maintain the demographic, wage and benefit information of almost every American, according to the SSA. September 30, 2014 Battle Lines Drawn in Manatee County, Fla., 911 Upgrade Debate The county is offering a single workplace at the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center for all those answering 911 calls, but some cities complain they have not been consulted in the planning. September 30, 2014 What’s the GDP benefit of community-wide gigabit Internet? Answer: 1.1 percent per capita GDP September 29, 2014 Data Discussion Dominates NASCIO Day One State CIOs wrestle with big data, open data and overwhelming complexity. September 29, 2014 How Cities Can Transform into Hubs of Innovation At the U.S. Conference of Mayors fall meeting, President and Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson said cities must embrace technology in order to move forward. September 29, 2014 North Carolina Names its First Chief Digital Officer Erik Ross will hold the chief digital officer position while also leading the state's Innovation Center. September 29, 2014 Missouri Shares Data with Healthy Results After 10 years of inter-agency data sharing, state officials say they've finally cracked the code, saving millions and improving the health of the mentally ill. September 29, 2014 NMWatch: Mapping Fires in Collaborative Fashion During the Northern California King Fire, a fire mapping tool created for New Mexico proved its value. September 29, 2014 Digital States Survey: Which States Are the Best of the Best? Idaho and Connecticut take home "most improved" honors in the 2014 Digital States Survey, while other states are singled out for technology success in specific program areas. September 29, 2014 Law Enforcement Grapples with iPhone's Enhanced Encryption With its new iOS 8 software, Apple is locking itself out of users' smartphones -- and leaving cops and the courts out in the cold. September 29, 2014 Analysis: Getting Legislative Permission to Do Business When lawmakers are not working on all of the things you hear about — budgets, education, immigration and so on — they are often refereeing fights between businesses. September 29, 2014 Driverless Cars: Lawmakers Shouldn’t Stymie Innovation The authors of working paper Removing Roadblocks to Intelligent Vehicles and Driverless Cars argue that state policies should facilitate “permissionless innovation” as much as possible. September 29, 2014 A New Industry Emerges in the Shadow of Twitter (Industry Perspective) A small but vibrant industry is changing the way governments, elected officials and citizens communicate. September 29, 2014 Turning the RFP Upside Down A Philadelphia program is showing promise for engaging entrepreneurs in solving urban problems.