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STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Proposal would cut size of Pennsylvania legislature; 75% spike in Los Angeles homelessness; a ‘permanent pollutant’ in Minnesota’s lakes; and an Oregon mayor’s gig-economy sidegig.
“There is a greater value to the data we maintain as a city than we anticipated,” according to the city’s chief innovation officer.
In the months ahead, local government leaders plan to build upon technology now deployed along the downtown streetcar line.
“It’s becoming quite obvious that if you’re not connected, you’re falling behind,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James said.
Included are stories about the use of data in the governments of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Syracuse, New York; and New Orleans.
Also in our State and Local Daily News Digest: Feds vs. polygamous towns in Ariz. and Utah; Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s appeal in N.D.; and N.Y.C.’s Second Ave. Subway nearly ready.
Municipal rules about undergrounding utilities proved to be too great a challenge to overcome in Leawood, Kansas, back in 2014. Could new models to expand connectivity bridge those barriers?
Looking to improve agency customer service? The City of Fountains provides great case studies that showcase an impressive transformation.
Building sensor networks seems like the most difficult step, but that’s just the start on the long road to a smarter local government.
The NRA is among those pushing for lawmakers to reject Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: LAPD outreach to families of those killed by officers; gas utility under scrutiny in Vermont; and Great Lakes mayors question water agreement.
“Unfortunately most of us mayors have very little ability to impact the proliferation of guns on our streets, because our state legislatures rob us of that,” according to Mayor Sly James.
“We're all talking about the same things,” Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James said Thursday.
To stay in the suburbs, many boomers will have to find solutions that don’t depend on government help.
“It’s really started a wave of innovative thought in transportation,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said of the grant competition.
The city wants to expand its digital corridors to better connect neighborhoods, deploy autonomous buses and boost mobility for residents and visitors.
Many cities are grabbing onto the "Smart City" label by integrating information technology into some services. But the truth is there's no clear definition for the term.
By The Pew Charitable Trusts
April 26, 2016
Anthony Foxx touts an overwhelming response to the federal competition, which will showcase the “outstanding potential to transform the future of urban transportation.”
Missouri's largest city is partnering with Bridj to demonstrate what happens when ride-hailing meets public transit.
February 18, 2016
At the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting, Kansas City Mayor Sly James discussed ways Missouri’s most populous municipality is closing its digital divide to spur entrepreneurship.
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