The Move to Digital Government Requires More Than Just Tech

COMMENTARY | Processes, power and people are also crucial elements.

The Next Era of Data-driven Local Government

Cities and other localities are entering a new phase with how they incorporate data into decision-making.

The Most Future-ready US Cities

Cities that leverage data, partnerships and emerging technologies can best adapt to changing citizen expectations, a new report found.

The Basic Questions Bedeviling How States Manage Data

States have tons of data. But much of it is redundant and it’s sometimes hard to know where it is stored, who can access it and how it can be used.

Financial Health Dashboard Offers Tips for Closing Wealth Gaps

A new online tool from the Urban Institute allows leaders to assess a community’s financial benchmarks and maps them to policies to address racial inequity.

City Tests App for Delivery Drivers to Reserve Spots in Loading Zones

"This pilot aims to better understand the usage of loading zones so that the City can figure out ways to improve traffic safety and reduce congestion," says an official.

Federal Spending on Kids is Up, But Expected to Fall

Pandemic-era programs gave the funding a boost. As it phases out, more costs could shift to states and localities.

The Places Where Remote Work Became Most Common

In regions around over 40 cities, at least one in five people were working remotely last year, according to a new study.

States Must Plug Into Federal Antifraud System for Food Aid Under New Rule

The system, meant to help prevent duplicate participation, is expected to make enrollment and oversight easier with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

When a Low-Income Neighborhood Rebound Doesn't Displace Residents

Often when poverty rates drop, it means existing members of a community are pushed out. New research looks at unique factors in places where this wasn’t the case.

New Data Resource Focuses on Racial Wealth Gap

The Black Wealth Data Center consolidates different data sets to allow users to compare inequities across their communities and the nation.

Utah Readies Mobile Driver’s License Rollout

While the technology for the mDL is ready, the challenge is creating an ecosystem of partners who accept the digital ID.

How Little Rock is Harnessing Data to Become a Smarter City

“My team and I, we’re focused on getting things done, but with a data-driven approach,” says the mayor of Arkansas’ capital.

Why Smart Cities are About More Than Just Tech

“Diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility—that is a thread throughout, it is not an afterthought.”

States Build on Covid Lessons for Monkeypox Tracking

As case levels rise, states are reporting more demographic data.

New Index Ranks Best and Worst States for Workers

Researchers looked at over two dozen types of policies in all 50 states as part of their analysis.

Lack of Equitable Data Is Harming Underserved Communities

Enhanced data collection efforts and outreach are needed to improve outcomes for underrepresented communities across the country, according to the U.S. chief data scientist.

Best US Cities to Rent an Apartment

Five of the top 10 cities are small, including No. 1 Round Rock, Texas, near Austin.

Home Sale Prices Fall Swiftly in Pandemic Boomtowns

Many homes for sale in July nationwide experienced price drops, especially those in cities that saw an influx of residents during the pandemic. Boise, Idaho, led the pack with nearly 70% of houses on the market falling in price.

Interstate Cyber Command Center Expands to 10 States

Fhe Joint-Cybersecurity Operations Command Center aims to include 30% of states by year’s end.