Category: data

Three Ways Blockchain Could Transform Local Government

While the United States government has not yet publicly promoted or experimented with blockchain, other nations have used the secure and unchangeable platform technology to pursue new forms and applications of governance. In May 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted awards of $2.25 million each in research contracts to three blockchain startups as

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Preparing for the Future of Work

This is a guest post by Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas, president of the National League of Cities. Since January, the National League of Cities has been looking at work in cities in a whole new way. We’ve been conducting new research, highlighting promising practices, engaging new partners, and publishing new resources. Our focus

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Seven Strategies for Data-Driven Economic Development

For cities, effective economic development demands informed, careful leadership from elected officials. Measuring the impact of economic development initiatives and projects can help city leaders determine whether they are meeting the needs of their community and local businesses. It’s important to point out that in the context of short-term political cycles, it may be tempting to stray

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Cities Go Digital

“Today, that critical connection to the wider world isn’t just physical. It’s digital.” – Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky, in his 2018 State of the City speech. In this day and age, mayors are utilizing technological developments to create more innovative and engaging municipal services for their residents. From “online city halls” to an

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Tensions Rise for Local Leaders Trying to Fund Pensions

In light of our just-released State of the Cities 2018 report, this post is the first in a series of blogs that captures what mayors have been talking about most in 2018. According to this May’s State of the Cities 2018 report, intergovernmental relations was a topic of concern for many mayors. Interestingly, mayors across the country

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Long Beach’s ‘Justice Lab’ Uses Data to Direct Reform

This is a guest post by Dr. Robert Garcia, mayor of Long Beach, California. Like many communities across the nation, our city of Long Beach, California, is constantly looking for new approaches to improve public safety and the well-being of residents. We have a lot to be proud of on this front. Our crime rate

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What Cities Can Learn from Congress’s Facebook Hearings

Last week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to Capitol Hill to answer questions before Congress regarding his company’s recent data privacy revelations. While several members of Congress sought answers regarding Facebook’s plan to prevent this from happening again, the hearings raised issues that are just as pertinent for local government leaders — especially

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Malicious Russian Cyber Activity is Targeting Government Networks

On April 16, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint “Technical Alert” about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. According to the alert, “[t]he targets of this malicious cyber activity are primarily government and private-sector

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How Data Can Improve Your City’s Decision Making

This is a guest post by Oliver Wise, Digital Government Principal at Socrata. As government leaders, we all know that we need to do more to take advantage of the power of data to improve the communities we serve. One of the biggest challenges to realizing this goals is that our employees often lack the critical

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