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Nominations for the third annual Route Fifty Navigator Awards are now open!

A New Open-Source Framework for Government Projects

Louisville, Kentucky is making the infrastructure for analyzing historic Waze data available to anyone who partners on the process.

6 Pilots the Detroit Mobility Innovation Initiative May Deploy

The public-private partnership wants one up and running in the next six months.

Automation Presents Workforce Challenges—and Opportunities

“Technology will displace workers from some, and potentially many jobs...but we have no reason to think technology will eliminate work in the economy as a whole,” said John Schmitt, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute.

How Form Automation Is Democratizing Government Services

Technology can help make services accessible to vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens.

In Houston, a Focus on Innovation to 'Build Back Better'

Hurricane Harvey focused the city's efforts to use technology, citizen engagement and lessons from around the world to steer its disaster response and address long-term needs.

San Francisco’s 100,000 Light Bulb Giveaway

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mississippi governor orders county-owned bridges closed … Kentucky’s new pension law … mapping Alaska’s thawing permafrost … and N.Y.C., Salt Lake City selected for wireless research testing.

There Is Science (and Power) Behind Effective Citizen Communication

Scottsdale, Arizona’s assistant city manager discusses how boosting engagement with residents can be more than just a marketing gimmick.

Miss Our ‘City in Beta’ Tech Roadshow Event in San Jose?

If so, be sure to register and watch the digital edition on April 11.

Enthusiastically Embracing a Job Never Finished

Ahead of Route Fifty’s “City in Beta” event, San Jose Deputy City Manager Kip Harkness outlines how the city is working to become “as innovative as the Silicon Valley population we serve.”

The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps

Apps like Waze, Google Maps, and Apple Maps may make traffic conditions worse in some areas, new research suggests.

To Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Look to the Sewers

At a civic tech pitch led held by mayors at SXSW, innovators put forward solutions to pressing problems facing cities.

The President of Everywhere, USA

We asked South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg about a recent Politico headline, automation and much more at SXSW.

For Cities, Creativity and Convergence Need to Be the Norm

According to the former mayors of Albuquerque and Philadelphia: “It’s our job to make SXSW live on all year long. Here’s why.”

The Mayor’s Life at SXSW

In the background of a busy week of innovation, ideas, movies and music in Austin, Steve Adler is dealing with tricky challenges, like state legislative preemption and traffic congestion.

Mayors Set to Converge on Austin for SXSW

The event provides the local leaders with a forum to dream up what’s next for American cities and towns with tech leaders, futurists and other visionaries.

Ways Cities Can Avoid Paying to Translate the Same Sentences Repeatedly

Here’s how Philadelphia and Bowling Green, Kentucky keep their translation service costs down.

Governors Want Room to Shape Health Care Innovation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are making a second, bipartisan attempt at improving Obamacare and affordability.

Not All Innovation Projects Are Born Equal

It's important to achieve a balance across the spectrum of projects and phases of development.

Urbanists Push ‘Non-Aggression Pact’ for Amazon HQ2 Finalist Cities

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calatrava-designed bridge causes headache in Dallas; a sarcastic standing ovation for Illinois’ governor; and Missouri’s lieutenant governor wants a personal driver.

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