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July 9, 2014

With 41 percent of the Cincinnati regions 1 million jobs located in neighborhoods without public transportation, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority is developing the "Go Forward" plan to lean on bus service to fill the gap.

July 7, 2014

Photo by Flickr user Thomas Favre-BulleWASHINGTON The Education Department on Monday announced a new initiative to attract quality teachers to the schools that need them most.
As part of the initiative, the Education Department said it will ask states to develop new, comprehensive educator equity plans. It is also investing $4.2 million to start a new technical assistance network to help states and districts create and implement their plans.
President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are scheduled to lunch with teachers Monday at the White House to discuss the issue. Duncan ...

The city of Baltimore, led by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has launched "The Baltimore City Anchor Plan"a plan that prioritizes strategic partnerships with the city's "eds and meds" sector.

A process called restorative justice is being tried to bring healing to crime victims and their families as well as to their imprisoned perpetrators seeking rehabilitation.

Twenty kiosks are set up in Terminal C for arriving travelers, with 10 more scheduled to be installed soon.

Remember dancing the Macarena? How about collecting Beanie Babies? If you were alive in the 1990s, some of you are guilty of following those pop culture trends. In most circles, they faded from popularity fairly quickly. But one recent government trend could be here to stay – using online crowdsourcing as a means to create and edit proposed laws.
While drafting legislation is traditionally the job of elected officials, an increasing number of lawmakers are using digital platforms such as Wikispaces and GitHub to give constituents a bigger hand in molding ...

July 2, 2014

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This article reports on presentations made by Philip Yang, President, URBEM (Urbanism and Urban Studies Institute for the city of Sao Paulo), Jianming Cai, Professor at the Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Alexandros Washburn Founding Director, Center for ...

June 26, 2014

Baltimore's first test of the EcoDistrict green neighborhood program was enabled by a lawsuit that delayed the State Center redevelopment project for four years.

Against the tug of today’s digital economy, New York and Chicago public libraries are experimenting with two projects to take the Internet to the people by loaning Wi-Fi hot spots like books.
The Knight Foundation, a journalism and civic technology philanthropy, on Monday awarded  $500,000 to the New York Public Library system and $400,000 to the Chicago Public Library system to accomplish the task. The funding came from Knight’s more than $3.4 million 2014 Knight News Challenge, a grant competition geared toward enriching the Internet with ...

June 23, 2014

A New York City school composting program aims to help the environment, instill a sense of conservation in schoolchildren, and, critically, save some money.

As far as Bartolome Bart Naciancenov is concerned, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Students at the University of South Florida will be soaring to new academic heights, with drones.

June 18, 2014

The New York City Department of Transportation and AT&T offered passersby a chance to use a texting-while-driving simulator Tuesday at Flatiron Plaza.

June 15, 2014

Tacoma, Wash., is using science, persistence and enforcement to take on rain-borne pollution, which has been a largely ignored environmental problem.

June 11, 2014

The City of Yonkers, N.Y., is conducting a pilot EcoDriving Training Program for city employees in an effort to reduce fuel use. The city spends $1.5 million annually on fuel for fleet vehicles.

Los Angeles County, one of the largest local governments in the U.S., is implementing new technology designed to help effectively manage contracts, statements of work (SOW) and RFPs. The new enterprise document management solution is designed to help the county “dynamically assemble” documents, improve consistency and minimize exposure to legal risks.
L.A. County has 35 departments and manages about 7,800 contracts. The $26 billion organization was previously challenged with complications and risks associated with managing its contracts and other ...

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