Gov 2.0 News

September 25, 2011

TWO years ago Sabina sold flowers on the street from a shopping trolley. Today she has her own storefront in Queens, thanks to a $1,500 loan from Grameen America, a microfinance institution based on Grameen bank, which was founded by Muhammad Yunus in Bangladesh. Since opening its first American branch in January 2008, Grameen has found fertile ground. It has lent more than $25m to 7,300 borrowers. At 15%, interest rates are high, but far less than a loan shark or payday lender would charge (the annualised interest on a payday loan is typically 400%, sometimes twice that), and there are no ...

September 23, 2011

San Francisco's grand experiment to see whether traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by micromanaging the supply of public parking through price manipulation took center stage Thursday at a...

Cisco has sponsored a number of "Travel Stations" to be tested in a handful of subway stops. Dan Nosowitz went down to Bowling Green to try one out.
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September 21, 2011

More than 100,000 public records are available in the city of Sacramento's new online records library.

New site asks citizens for opinions, ideas on how federal government can make better use of its Internet properties.

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Cities from Fayetville, AR to Pendleton, OR are taking advantage of their public libraries as places to get input on important strategic initiatives.
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September 20, 2011

The city of Charlotte, N.C. and a handful of major companies are hoping cutting-edge technology can show 82,000 workers in the biggest downtown office towers how to save energy

September 19, 2011

New York City is removing its last single-space parking meter in Manhattan today, The New York Times reports. Instead of collecting parking fees for individual spots, the New York City Department of Transportation is converting to Muni-Meters that take up ...

The "On The Go" travel station is a giant iPad-like touch screen which gives riders real-time information on delays, service changes, construction, and escalator and elevator status.

Under a pilot program aimed at heading off 911 calls and trips to the hospital, some paramedics visit chronically ill patients at their homes to check their vital signs and medications.

September 16, 2011

The Army said it has both a demand for renewable energy and the land that private industry needs to make large-scale generation projects viable. A new task force aims to speed the process of putting private renewable energy facilities on Army real estate.

September 15, 2011

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) — New York City says it will start a bike-sharing program across its five boroughs beginning next year.

Lee County, Florida saw a 30% increase in its homeless population. A new shelter system that addresses mental health and addiction problems is helping keep homeless out of jail and on the right track.
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September 13, 2011

In Florida, federal officials have released plans for a new wildlife preserve just south of Orlando. The Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge will include at least 150,000 acres, but there's a twist most of it will remain under private ownership.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The state Division of Natural Resources now has a way online for turning in poaching and other illegal wildlife activities. Tips can be reported to the DNRs law enforcement sections website at a href"http://www.wvdnr.gov" title"ht...

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard is looking to make government more transparent. At an event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota yesterday, the Governor announced his “Better Government Initiative,” which aims to provide more information to the public about the activities of the state government and also seeks to eliminate what the governor calls unnecessary rules [...]

U.S. troops in Afghanistan are relying on the superior noses of military working dogs to sniff out deadly improvised explosive devices.

September 12, 2011

US Ignite will use a private-public partnership to foster the development of high-speed "killer apps" in key industries.

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