Tag: Technology

Investing in Research that Impacts Communities

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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Honolulu Mayor Trusted Residents To Help In Response to COVID-19

Hawaii is almost everyone’s paradise. When the novel coronavirus hit the island paradise, local leaders had to move quickly. Its response would mean closing its borders and shutting the valve on its economic lifeline: Tourism. Yet, Mayor Kirk Caldwell of Honolulu knew he did not have a choice. He looked at the numbers coming from

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Overcoming Isolation and Unexpected Food Insecurity in Montclair, NJ

By AARP Montclair, New Jersey—a generally upscale suburb 12 miles west of Manhattan— is home to 39,000 people, 20 percent of whom are age 60 or older. The township joined the  AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities  in 2015. Montclair’s age-friendly effort is called  Lifelong Montclair.  The Challenge  “The most pressing issue we’re facing is a

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How Technology is Helping Dayton and Louisville Respond to COVID-19

Local leaders, like many of their residents, have had to adapt to a new normal in the wake of COVID-19. From stay-at-home orders to transitioning to virtual meetings, municipalities across the country are adjusting to ensure they stay connected to their residents.   The result, in the age of social distancing, is that municipal leaders are

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How Connectivity Can Save Lives During COVID-19

By Richard Leadbeater Geography and location analysis has a crucial role in a better understanding of this evolving epidemic. For a long time now, the healthcare community has used maps to understand the spread of disease. Most famously in 1854, when Dr. John Snow connected location and illness with his history-making map of a London

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Three Important Takeaways from Silicon Valley

Serving as municipal leaders, our work is ever constant and dynamic. We work tirelessly to respond to constituent needs by developing policy, managing land use, setting direction, negotiating contracts, balancing budgets, and working with various stakeholders. And the work can be quite detailed!   Opportunities like the recent Silicon Valley Future of Cities event, hosted by

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2020 Federal Advocacy Outlook

Congress is back in session and America’s cities, towns, and villages are looking for 2020 to be a year of action, partnership, and progress. For local leaders and their residents, this year is about addressing critical community priorities before the legislative process slows during the election cycle. Here are a few key things we expect Congress

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Ten Ways to Protect Your City from Cyberattacks

Every hour, 26% of local governments report a cyberattack. But according to a new NLC analysis, done in partnership with the Public Technology Institute, nearly a quarter don’t have a cybersecurity plan that is designed to protect government information systems from attack/provide steps for recovery in case of attack. Fortunately, we have recommendations for how you can

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Four Observations on the Future of Mobility

Last week, local leaders from all over the country traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for stronger federal partnerships on issues important to their communities. And for the second year in a row, NLC’s top legislative priority is legislation that helps rebuild and reimagine our nation’s infrastructure. Although our advocacy focus has not changed, the

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Leadership in 2019: Why Cities Need to Rethink Digital Services

With changing technologies and higher constituent demands, cities and state leaders are trying to move faster to build more intimate and meaningful relationships with their constituents. There is pressure to deliver digital services more effectively as a result of online consumerism. Technological change is accelerating at an exponential rate due to industries built around innovation.

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