Infrastructure

Why Local Government Is More Innovative, But Also Gets More Blame

Philanthropies and the private sector are assuming more risk associated with infrastructure projects in lieu of much-needed federal funding.

Smart Cities

Disaster-Prone Cities Urge Congress to Expand National Flood Insurance Program

“The terrible human suffering and economic damage wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria make apparent the immediate need to focus on future-proofing communities…”

Infrastructure

FCC Dinged Over Lack of Federal Strategy for Rural Broadband Adoption

“They have the authority, but I don’t know if they have the political interest,” said the National Digital Inclusion Alliance's director during Senate Commerce subcommittee questioning.

Smart Cities

Boston’s Smarter 3-1-1 System Is Coming

Residents will soon be able to describe their problem in a sentence or less and have case types suggested to them.

Smart Cities

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.

Tech & Data

Making New Mobility Services Adapt to Your City, Not the Other Way Around

Seattle has rolled out a new mobility playbook “anchored on understanding that we need to welcome this technology because it makes it easier for everyone to travel.”

Smart Cities

City Leaders’ Support for Uber and Its Fellow Disruptors Exceeds Actual Partnerships

Lingering negative perceptions about the sharing economy, due to its tumultuous beginnings, are giving way with time and data, according to a new National League of Cities survey.

Management

Most States Given Lousy Pretrial Justice Grades

New Jersey received the only A. The national average is a D. Comprehensive reform makes the difference.

Smart Cities

Prioritizing Disaster Recovery Projects Through a Social Resilience Lens

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

Finance

How Much Every State’s Annual GDP Will Increase If Dreamers Stay

California would see, at minimum, an extra $6.1 billion a year if Congress passes the bipartisan Dream Act, and other states' gains are significant—especially as Dreamers get their degrees.

Tech & Data

Survey of U.S. City Halls Shows Why Quality Census Data Is Vital for Local Governments

A lack of Census Bureau leadership and funding could taint federal data and jeopardize local operations, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

Management

Cities Make LGBTQ Equality Gains Despite More Hostile State Political Climates

A total of 30 states have seen more than 130 pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in 2017, but 24 million people live in cities with more inclusive policies.

Public Safety

Phoenix Clarifies Where It Stands on U.S. Immigration Policy

The city has revised protocols for school resource and traffic officers and publicized those reforms to alleviate immigrant residents’ fears they’re being profiled.

Management

How Operational Intelligence Is Saving One County Time and Money on Troubleshooting

An IT operations use case has spawned a security use case as well in Hennepin County, and they’re not alone.

Smart Cities

San Francisco's Path Forward to Close Its Digital Divide

The city will consider two public-private municipal fiber alternatives to a high-risk, purely public network.

Management

How Likely Is Resilient Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico?

Unlike with other hurricanes, the Trump administration holds all the cards—a good or bad thing depending on how committed it is to preparing the U.S. territory for the next major storm.

Health & Human Services

Scoring U.S. Cities on Their ‘Reproductive Freedom’

San Francisco earned top marks, according to a new National Institute for Reproductive Health report. Where does your city rate?

Tech & Data

Local California Officials Applaud Governor’s Veto of Small Cell Wireless Permitting Bill

Efforts to bring a uniform permitting process to the Golden State will go back to the drawing board.

Smart Cities

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.

Tech & Data

Election Officials Must Embrace IT Personnel to Thwart the Impending Hacker Onslaught

“When it comes to hackers you have to think in terms of an ongoing arms race, which is not very comforting to people in elections,” according to a chief technologist with the Center for Democracy and Technology.