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As local and state governments gear up for federal stimulus dollars, the firm is releasing software that allows members of the public to rank budgeting choices against each other to show where their priorities lie.
The National League of Cities last week released its Digital Equity Playbook, which offers information, case studies and strategies to help local government leaders in their digital equity work.
Red tides, caused by the Karenia brevis organism, occur naturally in the Gulf of Mexico each year. However, the blooms can be intensified by human nutrient pollution along the coast, but social media info can help.
Plus, Illinois Tech team develops environmentally sound digital currency; the National League of Cities unveils a new digital equity playbook; Washington approves $44.6 million of broadband grants; and more.
A Pittsburgh city staffer took it upon himself and his dog, Porter, to map the city’s recreation areas on their daily walks. With a GPS unit in tow, the pair created an open data portal residents can use to find trails.
The new company, the product of the recent mergers of the three firms, plans expansion and a hiring binge. The move reflects increased activity in the public records and communications space of the gov tech industry.
While Zencity has traditionally given local governments a way to listen to constituents, Civil Space offers tools to open a two-way dialogue between them — pushing Zencity down the continuum of engagement.
Plus, Rhode Island is investing $1.7 million worth of grants into Internet expansion efforts for that state, and the USDA has started to accept applications for its own grants to overcome rural broadband challenges.
The New York police department is aiming to improve public safety and communications with an integrated technology ecosystem that includes a real-time crime center, cloud-based software and more.
Public health experts have long worried about misinformation and disinformation affecting the public getting vaccinated, saying some malicious actors have convinced millions that the shots are neither safe nor effective.
A philosophy regarding the creation of websites, forms and services seeks to simplify and improve constituent interactions with government.
Florida is seeing many new apps that pledge to make it easier to pay highway tolls, but transportation officials say sticking with the pre-existing SunPass and E-PASS is still the best way to pay.
Plus, GAO discusses value of a federal academy for developing a pipeline of new tech talent, and the Federal Communications Commission seeks comments on its new affordable connectivity program.
Part of the National Science Foundation's Civic Innovation Challenge, the Community Hub for Smart Mobility in Austin, Texas, aims to improve public transit options to underserved areas, broadening economic opportunity.
The startup’s new tool gives people the ability to search for specific properties or browse and filter by attribute. It also seeks to tell users not just what a property is now, but what it could be in the future.