Statecraft Becomes Openland, Not-Exactly-Slack for Real Estate Communications The startup began with the idea to help local government wrangle its housing data. But now it's pivoting — with an initial funding round of more than $2 million — to become a modern messaging platform for all sides of the real estate development process. That includes local government, which can use the platform to list lots and answer questions from people who want to build.
Columbus, Ohio, Publishes RFP for Multi-Modal Trip Planning App The federally-funded Smart City Challenge winner wants an app to help people seamlessly plan and pay for trips, no matter how many different types of transportation they use along the way. It's a two-part RFP — the first, just released, focuses on the app itself, and the second, due later this year, will deal with payment. San Francisco Chooses E-Scooter Companies, Releases Scoring Rubric The city is letting Skip and Scoot deploy their electric scooters, spuring 10 others including Lime and Bird. It also released the scoring rubric it used to assess the companies on subjects such as equity and safety. Maricopa County, Ariz., Blames Vendor for Election Day Problems When some polling locations didn't open during the state's primary elections, Arizona's most populous county blamed a vendor for not sending out enough technicians. But it didn't say who the vendor was. How Utah Uses Numetric and Big Data to Make Highways Safer The state turns to technology to find dangerous stretches of road, and then makes deliberate design choices to improve safety. National League of Cities Releases Model Ordinance for Small Cell Wireless The FCC has already put out its own model ordinance, but the NLC had some qualms with it. So it's putting out its own, along with a guide, for cities that want to set up rules governing small cell wireless deployments. MARKET SPOTLIGHT
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>Accela has nabbed Aneesh Chopra, who served as the first chief technology officer of the U.S. during the Obama administration, as well as e.Republic's own chief innovation officer, Dustin Haisler, as speakers during its Accelarate conference in October. >Passport, which offers technology for transportation, parking, transit and more, has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the world's fastest-growing companies, signing 100 cities as customers in the past year. >The startup Transit has released the 5.0 version of its app. Here's a Template for Creating Twitter Bots that Tweet State Legislation (Glitch) 10 New England Startups Working to Address the Opioid Crisis (BostInno) GovTechBiz is our weekly newsletter covering the companies, deals and trends in the business of gov tech. Got a news tip? Other feedback? We're listening. Send it to GovTechBiz Writer Ben Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.