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Mayor Byron W. Brown's capital spending proposal for next year includes a $1 million allocation for an electric vehicle charging network throughout the city, though exact placement of the stations is yet to be determined.
The Daviess County Council has voted in favor of an update to its public safety radio system after encountering problems and service gaps. The fix will cost nearly $73,000 and will require all new equipment.
The Mercer County Commission allocated money the day after Election Day to replace the county's voting machines with a new system. The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan and Coal Severance Tax.
The Joplin City Council has hired a consultant to sort through 16 proposals from Internet service providers interested in developing broadband service. Certain parts of the city have little to no Internet service, officials say.
Work on the Lowndes County fiber-optic network will be done by ISP Windstream and is slated to start in 2023 – a 2026 completion deadline has been set by Gov. Brian Kemp. The project consists of some 900 miles of fiber-optic lines.
Jeff Cook, managing director at Shea & Company, shares his perspective on the record level of gov tech market investment activity and the role of capital in accelerating public-sector innovation.
A new Tyler acquisition and a Paya product redesign demonstrate how digital transactions can fuel growth in gov tech. Utility bills are just one part of the payments proposition for state and local agencies.
Auditors for the Port of South Louisiana say damages from the 2021 cyber attack totaled more than $420,000 in misappropriated funds. Only around $250,000 was recuperated through insurance.
The Gloucester City Council has approved a $2.15 million loan to upgrade the seaport's information technology infrastructure. The work will include an update of the production data center that houses all city applications.
In the recently released 2022 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence analysis, eight leading states were recognized for their work with data and evidence to guide policymaking decisions.
The 2023-2024 draft budget for the city of Walla Walla covers a range of operational expenditures, but lacks funding for police body cameras. The City Council is likely to reconsider the issue before finalizing the budget.
County commissioners listened to a request for broadband funding from the ConnEctor task force that would help establish a nonprofit connector broadband office to better serve Internet access to residents.
The proposal would allow local governments to award funds designated for broadband infrastructure to public or private entities who provide broadband infrastructure with approval via public meeting.
The federal government has announced more than $100 million in grants to bring high-speed fiber Internet to many Southwest Alaska villages, part of a massive investment to close the digital divide in rural areas.
The city of Boston could have to pay close to a billion dollars if it decided to build out a fiber Internet network, according to a new “digital equity” study that detailed gaps to access in the city.