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The one-stop shop MyCity commitment has yet to come to fruition despite over a year in office and a host of six-figure city contracts that had public hearings, according to the City Record.
Several of Pittsburgh's city departments will partner with startup companies in an effort to improve how city government functions and support the participating companies, Mayor Ed Gainey said Tuesday.
Plus, a new piece of legislation would create a digital equity division for Washington, D.C.; an Indiana data map includes 12 different digital equity variables within the state’s counties; and more.
Plus, a federal report has found that more workers will be needed in order to deploy the massive investment the country is making in broadband, the FCC has opened a comment cycle for broadband labeling, and more.
In order to help support mobility for constituents who are blind or have low vision, the city of Tampa, Fla. has implemented a new technology solution to improve access to city services and facilities.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has rolled out more than 62,000 tablets across 66 prison facilities to allow inmates to connect with loved ones. The devices will also give inmates access to educational resources.
The Cook County 2010-2020 Census Demographics App received a major update today, giving users insight into a range of demographic changes that took place in the county between 2015 and 2020.
A display issue that led to complaints from some voters in Berks County, Pa., that they had trouble selecting their preferred candidate on electronic voting machines during the 2022 general election may soon be rectified.
Plus, New York reaches a critical milestone in its ongoing broadband connection efforts; Colorado offers more broadband grants; the NTIA highlights 40 local government digital inclusion resources; and more.
The city’s approach to digital equity involves several different programs and partnerships managed through the Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs office. This work has helped to solidify the region as a tech capital.
Plus, new bipartisan legislation at the federal level is taking aim at increasing access to rural broadband, Pennsylvania is working to expand broadband across the entirety of the commonwealth, and more.
Before the big snowstorm hit the area on Nov. 17, Buffalo officials were talking up how their new GPS tracking for the 44 city snowplows would keep residents up to date on snow removal operations.
The Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship has launched a new mural map and smartphone app to bring attention to the work of local art and artists. In recent years, the city has focused on replacing graffiti with murals.
As private-sector technology companies continue to announce layoffs, state and local government agencies looking for workers to bolster the public-sector workforce may be able to hire some of the skilled talent.
With Thanksgiving days away, GIS technology has been helping cities and local organizations understand how and where food insecurity impacts residents in their communities so they can prepare accordingly.