Gov 2.0 News

April 9, 2014

Cities across the country are considering proposals to tackle income inequality, but experts say localities have little control over the policy tools that could make the biggest impact.

Massachusetts and Vermont have both announced separate grant programs aimed at bringing down the cost curve in healthcare. Both programs could serve as templates for...

Santa Monica, California is working to become the first city to develop a first well-being index for its residents. The index will help the citys government measure and serve citizen happiness.

Having an impact on the outcomes of other agencies' work is not the typical task of Indiana CIO Paul Baltzell and his IT team, but that's about to change. 
In late March, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence released an executive order and announced the creation of a Management and Performance Hub (MPH), a coordinated effort among the state's agencies and the Indiana Office of Technology, and directed by the Office of Management and Budget. MPH will increase efficiency and efficacy through centralized data sharing, correlation and analysis for the state in areas where ...

Officials hope to keep pythons, other invaders threatening state's ecosystem at bay.

Connecticut moved to join the growing list of states offering an open data portal for residents and interested developers. The open data portal will allow...

Opaque governments, pay attention. Jacksonville, Fla., is showing how to do transparency right.
On March 5, Mayor Alvin Brown announced the city’s new open data webpage, called JaxScore 1.0, which provides basic metrics about various city services for all to see. This transparency effort, officials say, is a push toward Brown’s goals of improving performance and efficiency, and increasing public participation in government.
JaxScore 1.0 displays boxes in a grid format; each box shows a metric for a city agency, such as Animal ...

Superstorm Sandy, the polar vortex, and even building explosions in Harlem have all stopped New York transit at different points. Roadways, trains, subways have all...

Trash a New Jersey park, and your reputation may be trashed online. The State of New Jersey has launched a website to expose people who are dumping illegally.

Following the lead of New York City and San Francisco, Houston is the latest large American city to launch a program aimed at eliminating bike fatalities. The program includes funding for the creation of a Bicycle Master Plan.

The phrase “big data analytics” conjures images of voluminous server rooms, vast labyrinths of data-manipulating algorithms and a kind of Orwellian pervasiveness only a true technophile could embrace. The high-tech and high-spun image of big-time analytics, promoted both by its corporate advocates and true believers, promises ingenuity, efficiency, accuracy, prediction and a previously unheard-of frontier in quick data-driven decisions.
Sure, state and local governments have used analytics to relieve traffic congestion, monitor public utilities, ...

New Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has installed a large data dashboard in his office to track the performance of everything from city services, hot line call volume, and social media sentiment.

Instead of arguing about how their city did not have enough money to fund the creation of bike paths, a community in Mexico City, Mexico, went ahead and made them. When residents in Beijing, China, saw that cars were encroaching ...

White House data splurge meant to "change the game" on climate

November 16, 2013

Localities are experimenting with social impact bonds (SIBs) to fund America's social service infrastructure. John Roman asks if such an instrument could be used to help transform blighted areas.

Despite the best efforts of some of the biggest providers of broadband internet access, municipal networks and white space trials continue to expand. The city...

In the future, big data is supposed to help cities improve and optimize their operations. According to a new report that documents the innovative uses of data and evidence by seven major cities, the future is now.

November 13, 2013

FastFWD is a new civic accelerator, backed by the City of Philadelphia, GoodCompany Group (a startup accelerator) and Wharton Business School. Notably, FastFWD is focused...

November 12, 2013

Saddled with thousands of vacant buildings, and little hope of recovering lost population, cities such as Baltimore, Buffalo, and Cleveland are pursuing large-scale demolitions. Shrinking cities are changing the very practice of urban planning.

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