Gov 2.0 News

July 17, 2011

The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday it will test a program to pre-screen a small group of air travelers who volunteer more personal information about themselves so they can be vetted to get faster screening at four airports, including Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The White House today launched the 2011 version of the SAVE award. Employees can submit ideas starting through July 29. Over the past two years, feds offered more than 56,000 potential money-saving ideas.

July 14, 2011

July 12, 2011

Six pilot cities are selected for the launch of a new federal, interagency initiative know as 'Strong Cities, Strong Communities': Fresno, New Orleans, Detroit, Cleveland, Memphis and Chester, PA.
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July 11, 2011

A growing number of school districts from Boston to Western Massachusetts are embracing a new kind of school to pursue educational innovations and compete more aggressively with charter schools.

HARRISBURG — State government will soon begin putting together a website that will provide one-stop access to state financial information.

July 10, 2011

Making urban data available is important, but not as important as presenting that data in a digestible way, according to this piece from Change Observer.
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The feds are coming! The feds are coming! U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Director Shaun Donovan will visit Detroit on Monday to announce a program to help the financially ailing city of Detroit. But he's not bringing money.

San Francisco school officials say they are stepping up efforts to reduce the number of unused workbooks that land in district recycling bins each year, calling the practice an unnecessary waste of trees and money. The...

Change By Us, an evolution of CEOs for Cities Give a Minute crowdsourcing project, launched today in New York City. Change by Us is an online platform built to engage residents in the brainstorming of city improvement projects. The website, which asks, "Hey NYC, how can we make our city a greener, greater place to live?," crowdsources ideas and groups the responses into action groups based on interest and location. Additionally, the website will be used to channel grants from the Department of Environmental Protection to top sustainability ideas. An article in the New York Times cites Change ...

July 6, 2011

Cities across the country — including Washington, Chicago, Miami Beach, Denver and Des Moines, Iowa — launched bike-sharing programs last year. Boston and New York plan to start their own later this summer.

July 5, 2011

OHIOPYLE, Pa. — Mark and Beth London camped a lot when they were younger. But now, with four kids in tow, the very thought of investing in the gear and experiencing a family nightmare in the woods kept the Bellevue couple and their children at home.

July 4, 2011

This short series from Next American City looks at the emerging trend of entrepreneurs applying their own private-sector business savvy to the world of local government.
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Officer Maria Evans blinks her eyes and makes gestures with her arms as she greets visitors with a pleasant voice. She then offers to assist them with filing police reports online.

Policies and strategies at all levels of government are increasingly associating educational outcomes with community planning and housing. Challenges remain for local officials and practitioners trying to align these policy areas, including persistent spatial inequity and rigid institutional silos. This report develops seven steps to link education and planning policy at the local level. The authors draw from a national scan of model activities, interviews with key experts and agency staff members, and the authors' experience working with local governing bodies. The report identifies practical ...

An organization founded to support wounded military veterans has announced its first Sacramento-area offering of mortgage-free homes to members of the military wounded in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently announced that he will launch official Twitter and Flickr pages, another sign
that state governments are embracing social media platforms as a way to reach
out to citizens.

"Social media including Twitter and Flickr are the latest
tools we have added to share news and information with the people of Illinois."
Governor Quinn said in a statement released Wednesday. "We are
continuing our work to make state government as open and accessible as possible,
sharing updates and photos to further engage Illinois
residents on the issues that impact ...

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