Midsize Cities Get a New, Free Data Portal Option

Open Data America wants to do for other municipalities what it did in Cary, North Carolina.

Cities Should Meet Their Makers

Often overlooked small-scale manufacturers may prove the perfect fix for vacant corridors. Micro-businesses can bolster local economic resilience, if cities know where to find them.

Cities of Service Launches New ‘Engaged Cities’ Award Program

There will be one $100,000 winner and two $50,000 winners, cities that have demonstrated success in working with their residents to tackle a public problem.

How to Win the War Against Veteran Homelessness

“We want to send a strong message to our veteran community that there are people in the community who care deeply about their welfare and who will be available to help when they need it,” according to the mayor of Nashua, New Hampshire.

Reducing Isolation Among Denver’s Growing Senior Population

Instead of more services, our seniors needed better access to the services the city already provides.

18 Projects Across 6 Cities to Benefit From Gigabit Internet Grants

Mozilla is backing robotics as well as augmented and virtual reality efforts boosting education and workforce development in Austin and elsewhere.

Reducing Barriers to Shelter and Services in Denver

A cross-sector team sees a new way forward after being told by homeless that the current model was “fundamentally broken.”

Searching for Solutions After 14 Overdoses and One Death in a Library

A team in Colorado is leveraging cross-sector collaboration to connect members of the community to services that could save their lives.

Prioritizing Disaster Recovery Projects Through a Social Resilience Lens

Fostering social cohesion post-emergency is just as important as rebuilding infrastructure stronger.

How to Rediscover ‘Heart and Soul’ in Small-Town America

While there are plenty of great civic engagement case studies out there, they’re not always specifically geared for smaller communities.

A City Data Collaborative for the Age of Autonomous Vehicles

ARGO Labs want to do for California public works agencies, what it did for water utilities—prioritize services and, in this case, road repairs.

Inequality in the Bay Area Makes Preparing for Climate Change Impacts Harder

But a design challenge focused on resiliency currently underway hopes to change that.

San José Innovation Challenge Leads to Graffiti-Cleaning Drone

The next round of the contest will look at how the city can improve the way it orders evacuations ahead of serious flooding.

Airbnb Activates Disaster Program in Advance of Hurricane Harvey’s Landfall

Prepping free housing for evacuees and relief workers, the company’s network in the “cone of impact” includes more than 30,000 members and hosts.

Collaborating to Close Silicon Valley’s ‘Homework Gap’

A new partnership in San José plans to distribute free mobile hotspots to 1 million low-income students over five years.

More Good News for a Promising Earthquake Early-Warning Tool

Here’s what’s planned for the next phase of the ShakeAlert system that’s been under development on the West Coast.

Transforming Cities and the Need to Create ‘Greater Capacity for Change’

In a contributed Q&A, Anchorage’s chief innovation officer discusses the What Works Cities program and Code for America with Jennifer Pahlka, CfA’s founder and executive director.

A More Holistic Approach to Social Problem-Solving Requires Interagency Collaboration

Researchers and governments have teamed up through the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust to craft better public policy and metrics.

Code for America’s New California Partnership Targets Food Stamp ‘Participation Gap’

GetCalFresh.org allows Golden State residents to apply for SNAP benefits via mobile phone. “You can do it wherever you are.”