Missouri Mayors Look to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

“It’s becoming quite obvious that if you’re not connected, you’re falling behind,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James said.

Download Our New Ebook: Challenges and Opportunities for Data-Driven Local Governments

Included are stories about the use of data in the governments of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Syracuse, New York; and New Orleans.

Kansas City’s Free Transit Plan for Election Day; Jackson, Miss.’s Pothole Payouts

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.

Route Fifty Roadmap: Visiting a Kansas City Suburb Where Google Fiber Hit a Roadblock

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?

Navigator Award Finalist: Jean Ann Lawson, Chief Performance Officer, Kansas City, Mo.

Looking to improve agency customer service? The City of Fountains provides great case studies that showcase an impressive transformation.

Remember the Human Element When Implementing Smart City Technologies

Building sensor networks seems like the most difficult step, but that’s just the start on the long road to a smarter local government.

K.C. Metro Leaders Blast Missouri Gun Law Overhaul as Veto Override Looms

The NRA is among those pushing for lawmakers to reject Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto.

Kansas City’s Garbage Apology; Miami Beach Reminded of Its Precarious Position

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.

Kansas City Mayor: Guns Contributing to Tensions Between Police and Communities

“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.

New NLC Report Analyzes Hot Topics in 2016 'State of the City' Speeches

“We're all talking about the same things,” Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James said Thursday.

Grocery Stores, Grab Bars and 'Golden Girls'

To stay in the suburbs, many boomers will have to find solutions that don’t depend on government help.

Cities Vying for $50 Million in USDOT Smart City Challenge Make Final Pitches

“It’s really started a wave of innovative thought in transportation,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said of the grant competition.

Kansas City’s Smart City Challenge Bid Builds Upon Its IoT, Transportation Investments

The city wants to expand its digital corridors to better connect neighborhoods, deploy autonomous buses and boost mobility for residents and visitors.

What Exactly Is a 'Smart' City?

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.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Names 7 Finalists in ‘Smart City Challenge’ Competition

Anthony Foxx touts an overwhelming response to the federal competition, which will showcase the “outstanding potential to transform the future of urban transportation.”

The Great Microtransit Experiment of Kansas City

Missouri's largest city is partnering with Bridj to demonstrate what happens when ride-hailing meets public transit.

For Cities, Mapping Minority-Owned Small Businesses Requires Face-to-Face Engagement

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.

Finances for Kansas City, St. Louis Could Be Hobbled by Legislation in Missouri

A GOP state senator wants to torpedo an important local tax the Show Me State’s two largest cities rely on for revenue.

Code for America Names Local Government Partners for Its 2016 Fellowship Program

Among the priorities for 2016 fellows: Improve access to health and human services, reduce incarceration levels and promote economic development.