Gov 2.0 News

June 8, 2014

Philadelphia library cooks up culinary literacy

When Richard Thielman took the job as application development manager of the Iowa Department of Workforce Development (IWD) almost two years ago, he was immediately tasked with making the state’s online unemployment claim interface more user friendly, less prone to errors, and accessible to users regardless of what platform they were using. 
Meanwhile, Thielman began looking for ways to ensure the platform granted access to claimants during all hours. And decreasing up-load times. Also, Thielman had to protect the personal information against theft ...

The first round of companies that will start or relocate to the State of New York as part of the StartupNY initiative were announced today...

June 4, 2014

The FDA has launched a new open data project – openFDA, is designed to make it easier for web developers, researchers, and the public to...

Forget about working on the chain gang or making license plates; some inmates in Florida could repay their debt to society with a pooper scooper. <br />
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Under a new proposal to help dogs in Brevard County's shelters, Sheriff Wayne Ivey offered to allocate inmates to walk the caged animals.<br />
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Concerns recently surfaced that the homeless pups weren't getting enough exercise due to a lack of volunteers, according to Florida Today. <br />
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Officials in the central Florida county had been wrestling with ways to make sure the dogs are sufficiently ...

June 3, 2014

Foreword: The world’s urban centers have taken on increasing importance and power as economic engines of growth and places to live, with more than half the world’s population now in cities. With this growth expected to continue in the decades ahead, city leaders face numerous challenges as far as infrastructure and service delivery is concerned. One of the most promising solutions to this increasingly complex urban problem is making cities smarter through the use of sensor technology: tiny electronic devices that can measure and track just about anything that ...

June 2, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the creation of a task force that seeks to reduce the number of mentally ill inmates in New York City's jails.

June 1, 2014

For too long we have thought about prison education almost exclusively in terms of reduced recidivism. But in some sense this is an inadequate metric, neglecting opportunities available to prisoners who pursue and complete higher learning.

May 29, 2014

A unique prison rehabilitation program launching in California may be the most powerful interpretation of farm-to-table the state has ever seen.<br />
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San Diegos Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility is building sites for its new Farm and Rehabilitation Meals (FARM) program, a fresh project that hires inmates as farmers, teaches them sustainable agriculture practices and — if approved by prison health authorities — will put the produce on inmates cafeteria tables.<br />
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The facilities will first accommodate 20 inmate farmers, organizers told ...

May 28, 2014

An expansion of a program on Staten Island, paid for by the state attorney generals office, would give kits to those most likely to come into street-level contact with overdose victims.

May 26, 2014

In Montreal, the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough unveiled an ambitious plan to make streets safer for people on foot and bikes by securing pedestrian crossings, and creating new bike paths as well as two "cycle streets" where bikes have priority.

New York Citys health department completed a pilot project that used the website to identify unreported food-borne illnesses.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says the 300-member unit will focus on preventing thefts of smart phones, computer tablets and people's financial resources.

May 22, 2014

Vehicle collision fatality rates have been roughly halved in the last 25 years. For every 100 million miles collectively traveled by Americans in 1989, 2.17 people died from collisions – in 2009, that figure had dropped to 1.15, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And in 2011, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration announced that statistics from the previous year showed traffic fatalities had dropped to 1.10 — an all-time low, despite an increase in how much people were driving. Advances in vehicle technology, research and policy making have ...

May 21, 2014

"What does a city look like drawn in trees?" Cambridge, Massachusetts recently released an exhaustive database of all the trees on public property around the city.

Connecticut and New York have announced new funding programs to protect local open spaces and farmland. Connecticut is making $5 million available for cities and...

This year, 3,300 pounds of venison have been donated to charities, and many are surprised that the meat came from Rock Creek Park.

More and more schools and districts across the country are re-thinking their zero-tolerance policies. When a child is suspended or expelled, it rarely improves his behavior or his academics. One school in Houston has adopted an old technique to handle student disputes: the healing circle.

With the national Promise Zone grant initiative rolling out in Los Angeles, the Youth Policy Institute aims to deploy funds strategically in targeted areas that struggle with poverty.

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