Smart Cities Really Just Want to Be More Marketable

And that means rapidly improving overlooked infrastructure in the urban areas millennials are targeting for relocation.

This City Made Its Waze Data Actionable Moving to the Cloud

Few of the cities that are part of the navigation app’s Connected Citizens data-sharing program actually do anything with the anonymized trip information they receive because of the volume.

AT&T’s Lawsuit Challenging Google Fiber Expansion Faces Setback in Louisville

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Montana’s wildfire funding running dry; Peoria’s new apprenticeship program; and a N.Y. public information officer’s unfortunate “butt dial.”

Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

“Bourbonism,” the mayor said in an interview, has helped his city bridge the urban-rural divide in Kentucky and boost economic development in the process.

Confronted With Vacant Building Fires, Louisville Turns to Civic Hackers

A pilot program is getting underway in the Kentucky city this week to test new smoke detector devices developed by members of the local civic technology community.

Navigator Award Finalist: Ed Blayney, Innovation Project Manager, Louisville Metro Government

Crowdsourcing data on internet connectivity may seem like an odd municipal exercise, but it’s proven to be a valuable tool in Louisville.

Local Government Performance Guru Heads Back to Louisville

Daro Mott will return to the Louisville Metro Government as chief of performance improvement.

3 Gigabit Cities Using High-Speed Broadband for Civic Engagement

Next Century Cities just gave Raleigh, Austin and Louisville $30,000 and will provide technical assistance to get their innovative, repeatable projects off the ground.

‘Resilient Cities’ Look to Address Social Inequality as a Function of Other Environmental, Economic Stresses

Louisville, Kentucky, sees a link between its most pressing problems and poorest neighborhoods, and it’s not alone.

Why Louisville Wants to Know Its Residents’ Broadband Speeds

While courting Google Fiber and AT&T GigaPower, the city also wants to hold Internet service providers accountable for what they advertise.

Louisville’s New Transportation Plan Proposes More Upkeep, Less Driving

But how the city will cover the cost of what Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration has floated in the new 20-year planning document remains unclear.

State & Local Daily Digest: AT&T Sues Louisville; New Snyder Water Emails Released

Also in our Route Fifty news roundup: Native Hawaiian constitution adopted; medical marijuana restrictions affirmed in Montana; and this Pennsylvania state park is not gnome friendly.

More Cities Exceed State and Federal LGBT Protections in 2015

Transgender-inclusive anti-discrimination laws and policies saw big gains among U.S. municipalities, according to an examination by the Human Rights Campaign.

What’s Next for Louisville’s Digital Team?

The city launched a new version of its website last year and is working hard to improve its open data portal and personalized services.

Local Governments Innovate Using Amazon’s Cloud

From a cloud-based disaster archive to geographical information system, counties and cities are making citizens’ lives easier.

Improving Local Government Performance in Louisville: ‘It’s All About The People’

The deputy director of performance management in Kentucky’s largest city shares some tips about developing and keeping talented staff.

Figuring Out What Makes the Best-Managed Cities Tick

‘What Works Cities,’ an expanding Bloomberg Philanthropies program, aims to create maturity models for municipal governments, using data to ‘get a better picture of what good looks like.’

Bloomberg Philanthropies Name First ‘What Works Cities’ for Data Improvement Initiatives

Eight mid-sized cities will be getting expert support and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

Louisville Mayor Continues Push for Performance and Compassion

“To be a good mayor, you have to have the heart of a social worker and the head of chief executive officer.”