Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

“Our growth—our business growth, our population growth, our economic growth—is rooted firmly in our immigrant population,” the mayor said in an interview.

5 Cities Take Smart City Planning to the Next Level

From engaging underserved populations to preparing for climate change’s most devastating effects, these cities have their work cut out for them.

Philadelphia Mayor Factchecks Trump’s Remarks on City’s Murder Rate

“President Trump’s false statements today were an insult to the men and women of the Philadelphia police force,” Mayor Jim Kenney said.

Toomey Bill Takes Aim at Federal Funding for Sanctuary Cities; Drug Tests for Illinois State Workers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s hurricane recovery request; a Calexit vote in 2018?; ACLU vs. Maine police over social media monitoring.

SEPTA Strike Cripples Philly Transit; Chicago’s Deadly October

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Sacramento’s homeless toilet station costs; Milwaukee County’s proposed “wheel tax” to pay for crumbling infrastructure; and Colorado used as out-of-state ballot fodder.

Navigator Award Finalists: Kim Scott Heinle and Team From SEPTA Customer Service and Advocacy Dept.

A transit agency aims to take customer service challenges and use them as engagement opportunities.

Business Taxes in U.S. Cities to Draw New Scrutiny

How to evaluate effectiveness of incentives and exemptions.

Damaged SEPTA Trains Slow Philadelphia Commute; Police Oversight Crumbles in Portland

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Demolishing a California surfer fort; Montana's unclear Medicaid costs; and NYC government's bed bug problem.

These 5 Cities Plan to Evaluate Systemic Racism

Over two years, municipalities like Philadelphia will aim to develop solutions to racial inequality in education and employment.

Bernie Sanders Wades Into Philly Tax Fight; Cleveland to Pay $6 Million to Tamir Rice’s Family

Also in our State and Local Daily News Digest: Alaska state workers face pay freeze; Flint water crisis social media monitoring; and a big jump in concealed handgun permits in Sacramento.

Making Data-Driven Government Fundamental and Sustainable in City Halls

As the What Works Cities program, funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies, celebrates its first year, municipal leaders and experts are looking at ways to make the results of their data efforts “so essential that nobody can take it away.”

Pennsylvania Just Launched a State-Level Open Data Program

Created by executive order, a centralized open data portal is planned for August.

Knight Cities Challenge Announces $5 Million in Funding for 37 Innovative Projects

Two themes—community revitalization and economic development—comprise more than 50 percent of the second-round winners list.

Philly Uses Text Messaging to Help Ex-Offenders Find Housing and Jobs

‘[I]f you send them right when someone needs help, they have the opportunity to change behavior and improve citizen experience.”

Philadelphia Embraces ‘Reverse Auction’ Plan to Improve Procurement

The city is accepting proposals through April 1 for an electronic bidding tool.

Former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Joins What Works Cities as Senior Fellow

New York City’s former chief analytics officer, Mike Flowers, also joins the program, funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Here’s How Some Cities Are Mobilizing Citizens in Blizzard Response

Beyond paying for snow-clearing help, many municipalities hope residents will pitch in to help their community—and stay off the roads.