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Stephen Goldsmith

Stephen Goldsmith is the Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and director of Data-Smart City Solutions at the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University. He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition and privatization. Stephen was also the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the district attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990. He has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: The New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship; The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America; The Responsive City: Engaging Communities through Data-Smart Governance; and A New City O/S.

As government grapples with how to make practical use of generative AI, one avenue for the new technology could be helping cities ensure regulatory compliance from companies bidding for new construction contracts.
As home to popular vacation destination Breckenridge, Summit County, Colo., turned to GIS and data to create long-term policy solutions to issues around short-term rental properties.
When considering how to spend the billions in federal funding still available to them, state and local governments should invest in solutions that will drive long-term benefits.
To scale up the amount of data it takes in on Arizona's water systems, the state's Department of Environmental Quality's Water Watch program designed an app that puts data collection in the hands of residents.
Waste collection is an often-underutilized source of municipal data, and in Columbus, integration with city GIS tools help trash pickup not only clean city streets, but enhance customer service.
Tim Walz’s background as a high school geography teacher has led to a visually driven approach to Minnesota leadership, from how the state communicated its COVID-19 response to how it's approaching climate change.
Baltimore’s innovative parking strategy rooted in human-centered design looks beyond individual parking spots and toward a more equitable use of city roadways.
Joy Bonaguro launched the San Francisco Data Academy during her time with the city. Now as California's chief data officer, she's expanding and improving the model to support agency-level analytics.
By using software from Zencity to collect feedback from residents on community concerns as well as trust in law enforcement, the San Diego Police Department is improving how they patrol the city.
As cyber attacks on infrastructure like utility services increase globally, city and county leadership must look to other governing bodies and cybersecurity experts to strengthen their own systems.