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One City’s Journey to Filing Complaints About Police Online

Austin, Texas, debuted an anonymous online feedback form that eases the process for residents to describe interactions they have with police officers

Head Injuries Common in Scooter Crashes, Study Finds. Helmets Not So Much.

The research out of Austin, Texas examines the cases of 190 people hurt riding electric scooters.

These Cities Rank Among the Country's Best Places to Live

Austin tops the U.S. News & World Report rankings for the third year in a row.

Mental Health Trails Metal Detectors in School Safety Dollars

Gunmen killed 56 people in U.S. school shootings in 2018. While most states have prioritized investment in physical infrastructure, like surveillance cameras, some are starting to look at mental health treatment availability as well.

Sending Queso to the Moon

Austin Mayor Steve Adler provides a queso recipe to future civilizations, including it a package that began a voyage to the moon earlier this week.

Metros Should Focus on Attracting and Upskilling Workers in ‘Opportunity Industries’

There’s a difference between a good job, a promising job and other jobs, particularly for people without bachelor’s degrees, according to a recent Brookings report.

Apple to Build a New Campus and Add Thousands of Jobs

Along with a new Austin campus, the company says it will add jobs at sites around the country.

Austin's Paid Sick-Leave Law Scrapped by Court

A three-judge panel found the city ordinance essentially regulated workers’ wages, which Texas law mandates can only be done by the state.

Somewhat Good News Amid Austin’s Drinking Water Crisis

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Indiana’s balanced-budget proposal … newly discovered quake faults in Oregon … and “demographic time bomb” in a Colorado ski town.

Austin Just Became the U.S. Army’s Silicon Valley

The service is making a big bet that getting closer to tech startups will help deter future adversaries.

Cities Need Equitable Workforce Pipelines

The National League of Cities has been working with six in particular to improve access to skills training and postsecondary education like their economies depend on it—because they do.

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A Spree of Violence Can Shake a Community's Worldview

The “continuous trauma” of a drawn-out event like the Austin bombings is different than a one-time disaster.

Austin Police Chief Has Message for Bomber

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To Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Look to the Sewers

At a civic tech pitch led held by mayors at SXSW, innovators put forward solutions to pressing problems facing cities.

For Cities, Creativity and Convergence Need to Be the Norm

According to the former mayors of Albuquerque and Philadelphia: “It’s our job to make SXSW live on all year long. Here’s why.”

The Mayor’s Life at SXSW

In the background of a busy week of innovation, ideas, movies and music in Austin, Steve Adler is dealing with tricky challenges, like state legislative preemption and traffic congestion.

Mayors Set to Converge on Austin for SXSW

The event provides the local leaders with a forum to dream up what’s next for American cities and towns with tech leaders, futurists and other visionaries.

Why Amazon Can’t Pick Dallas, Austin or Atlanta for Its HQ2

It’s morally imperative that Jeff Bezos throw out these three bids and instead set his sights on a city that will be a home to everyone—one that truly values inclusivity and diversity.

Justice Department Tests Mayors With Its Latest Threat on Immigration Enforcement

By delaying law enforcement funds to all jurisdictions, Attorney General Jeff Sessions aims to further vilify “sanctuary cities.” “The stakes for cities here are very high.”