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Civic Engagement Startup ZenCity Wins Microsoft Money

Plus, MuniCode buys agenda and meeting management company, Boston Marathon serves as an early testbed for FirstNet and more.

by / May 8, 2018



ZenCity Wins Big Competition for Money from Microsoft The civic engagement startup beat about 200 other Israeli startups to win $1 million from Microsoft's investment arm, as well as other financial backers. For a relatively young outfit like ZenCity, it's kind of a big deal.

MuniCode Buys Agenda and Meeting Management Company The company, which is one of the oldest on the GovTech 100 list, is getting into agenda management with a good old-fashioned corporate acquisition.
Boston Marathon Serves as Early Test for FirstNet Five years removed from a horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon, FirstNet tried out its emergency responder communications network at the event in its single largest public demonstration to date.
Los Angeles Tries Out Microtransit What if public transit operated a bit more like Uber and Lyft? Los Angeles Metro wants to find out, and so it's chosen three private partners to help study the idea.
Buffalo, N.Y., Advocates Call for Community Involvement in Body Camera Policies Civic advocates in Buffalo, N.Y. have asked their police department to involve the community while designing policies regarding officers wearing the body cameras that have now become so pervasive in the U.S. The police department doesn't seem very interested.


All the States with IT Leadership Shakeups in 2017 and 2018 (So Far) Whether because of new governors, personal health or private sector opportunities, a lot of state CIOs have left since the start of 2017. And with a big round of gubernatorial elections on the way in November, the next year will feature even more upheaval. Before that happens, here's a roundup of what's already changed.


GovTech company on our radar this week:

PromptGov: AI-based 911 and 311 to streamline and modernize how cities respond to citizens.
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