Category: Technology

National City Responds As a Community to COVID-19

As the country faces a spike in infections, many cities are rethinking their reopening strategies to ensure their residents remain safe while moving towards normalcy. In National City, CA, the second oldest city in San Diego County, Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis is urging her residents to stay the course. As the California governor revisits openings of

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Investing in Research that Impacts Communities

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What do smartphones, GPS, and Internet search algorithms have in common? If you’re like us, then each has fundamentally transformed how you live, work, and play. Beyond that, they have something else in common: each relies on technology developed with research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent federal agency that supports foundational

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Containing COVID Spread Amidst Reopening and Protests

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After shutdowns that devastated local economies, cities and towns across the country are at various stages of reopening since the second week of May. While COVID-19 transmission is declining in many states the highest transmission rates have moved from big cities to the heartlands. This is likely from large crowds that congregated over Memorial Day

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Cybersecurity Tips for Working from Home

Government employees nationwide are moving to at-home work locations as social distancing in response to COVID-19 increases. The ever-present cyber threats that concern governments, however, don’t disappear when employees go home. Public sector staff can follow these top tips to mitigate risk and protect both public and personal networks and information. Understand you are a

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What Cities Should Know About the Micromobility Landscape

Four years ago, scooters were the mobility mode of choice for the under-10 crowd. With brightly colored wheels and a back-pedal brake, it was easy to see why. Today, all across the country, professionals in suits can be seen whizzing down bike lanes on electric scooters and bikes. The rise of micromobility was swift and

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House and Senate Introduce Bill to Protect PEG Stations

Members of the House and Senate, led by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) have introduced the “Protecting Community Television Act (S. 3218/H.R. 5659),” which is intended to preserve local cable franchises by clarifying the statutory definition of a franchise fee. This bill was introduced with the endorsement of the National League

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How Baltimore is Reimagining City-Owned Assets

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: A new kind of recreation

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Get Your City Cyber Ready with CISA’s Cyber Essentials

In November of last year, leaders from across the country met in San Antonio for the National League of Cities’ City Summit to learn from one another and exchange ideas on the issues affecting their cities. Of those issues, cybersecurity was one of the biggest on leaders’ minds. It is not difficult to understand why:

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How Micromobility in Cities Evolved in 2019

By Ashwini Chhabra From the rise of the micromobility industry in Santa Monica, California in 2017, through its rapid growth and global expansion in 2018, to its global presence in 2019, we have seen a remarkable evolution of this new and popular service and the approach cities are taking to support sustainable mobility for all.

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How Pittsburgh Built Equity

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: Over the last two decades, Pittsburgh

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