In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, the universities hope that those who pass the free courses will pay tuition to complete a degree program.
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January 23, 2013
January 21, 2013
Hundreds of would-be homeowners stepped forward in the final two months of last year to claim $15,000 down payment assistance grants from Wells Fargo & Co.'s CityLift program.
Q: At the Pennsylvania Farm Show the other week, while picking up my complimentary state map, I also grabbed a flier about the PA Yellow Dot Program. Seems like a decent idea, but I've never seen a yellow dot on a car. Is this a new program? What's your opinion of it?
January 20, 2013
Thousands of Minnesota soldiers deployed in Kuwait woke up to a surprise last spring. Just weeks before the end of their tour, a group of corporate recruiters showed up on base. The visit was part of a new strategy to help returning service members find jobs after they've hung up their uniforms.
"America is renewing itself from the bottom up." That is the premise underlying the second annual Innovations to Watch list just released by The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and The Rockefeller Foundation.
The City of Boston in launched a City Hall To Go truck, inspired by the popularity of food trucks. The truck works as a mobile City Hall, offering a menu of services.
January 16, 2013
January 15, 2013
The New York Police Department wants pharmacies in and around the city to fight prescription drug thefts by stocking pill bottles fitted with GPS tracking chips.
Rather than books, patrons of BiblioTech will check out e-readers for two weeks at a time. ->
January 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. government plans to switch to all-electronic Social Security payments by March 1.
January 9, 2013
When it comes to enforcing laws like jaywalking, strictly imposed tickets and fines motivate people to change their behavior. John Cichowski discusses whether light-hearted, even humorous, suggestions can be as effective as heavy-handed prosecution.
With bicycling growing in popularity while driving decreases, should a city install "bicycle-specific traffic signals"? Mary Ebeling of State Smart Transportation Initiatives provides guidance and helpful designs from city transportation officials.
U.S. Postal Service pilots an implementation of the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange to facilitate use of government online services.
Agriculture Department has been working on program for years. It's become routine for families looking to go out to eat to check the menu online before choosing a restaurant.
In many cities, false alarms from home and business security systems number in the tens of thousands each year, waste millions of dollars of officer time, and detract from attention to reducing crimes. Options are presented on ways to substantially reduce the effects of such false alarms and the police responses to them. We analyzed experiences of Montgomery County, MD; Seattle, WA; and Salt Lake City, UT, which reduced false alarms by 66-90% and saved 10-30 police officer-years annually.
January 5, 2013
January 1, 2013
Friday marked a milestone in the effort to bridge the gap between NYC's century-old subway system and emerging technologies; "a leap forward for a service that has lagged behind its peers both at home and abroad in adopting new technologies."
December 28, 2012
Schools are turning to students' smartphones as an instructional device.
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