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Stephanie Kanowitz

Stephanie Kanowitz is a freelance writer based in northern Virginia.
Public Safety

How One City Is Adressing 911 Calls That Require a Mental Health Response

A study showed that 90% of 911 crisis calls are related to mental health in Durham, North Carolina. The city launched four pilot programs that could change how it responds.

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What One County Learned From Experimenting With Machine Learning

Milwaukee County analyzed statues and policies to identify biased or discriminatory language.


How One State is Helping its Cities Find Their Toxic Lead Pipes

Ohio is investing in technology for mapping lead water pipes in communities statewide as part of an initiative to locate, remove and replace them.

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Visualizing Vulnerability: County Maps Show Areas of Greatest Need

To study equity differences at systemic and place-based levels, Fairfax County put census data on color-coded maps so that officials can quickly see areas of greatest need.

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State and Local Governments Shifting to ‘New Normal’ Workplace

With lessons from the rapid shift to telework, governments are adopting permanent hybrid environments and keeping nimble, problem-solving mentalities.

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How a Virginia County Wooed Amazon and Boeing

It takes more than tax breaks to get big tech companies to move to a locality, government officials say.

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Code for America Unveils First States in Safety Net Cohort

The nonprofit aims to help states build digital tools and services to connect people with health, food assistance and other benefits programs. 

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Drive-by Property Appraisals Streamline Data Collection

A Kansas county is using vehicles outfitted with rooftop cameras and LiDAR units to quickly and inexpensively capture property images that are integrated into its cloud-based appraisal system.

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A City Turns to an Algorithm to Prioritize Streetlight Repairs

Rather than repairing thousands of streetlights in the order outages are reported, San Diego weighs data on residential density, the presence of schools or parks, traffic collisions and other factors in deciding which ones to fix first.

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How One State Measures Post-pandemic Recovery

Economic leaders in New Jersey can see indicators and contextualize metrics with a solution that combines government, geographic and third-party economic data into an interactive dashboard.

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States Look to Virtual Reality for Workforce Development

Alabama and Arkansas have been using the technology to familiarize potential workers with entry-level skills.

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Blockchain Could Power State Government Processes

States have been experimenting with blockchain-based voting systems, smart contracts for ID management and fintech sandboxes, but implementation challenges exist, report says.

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States Unclear About What Constitutes ‘Reasonable’ Cybersecurity

Confusion about cyber insurance, incident response, multifactor authentication and cyber hygiene training is widening a gap between acknowledging risk and managing it, a recent report says.

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Ransomware Getting Ahead of State and Local Governments, Survey Finds

While respondents acknowledge the growing threat from ransomware, most are unprepared to prevent it or respond to it.

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Governments Confront Rising Cyber Insurance Rates

Even those meeting more stringent qualifications are finding that affordable insurance cannot provide enough protection against cybersecurity risk.

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New Statewide System Boosts State's Mass Emergency Alerts

Emergency managers in Iowa now can automatically push out safety alerts through emails, text messages, phone calls, RSS feeds and social media—and in multiple languages.

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Rural County Puts Land Records on Blockchain

Wise County, Virginia can create, store and access smart land records. “It comes from what many view as one of the least places to expect it," the county clerk says.

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3 Edge Computing Models for Integrated, Responsive Smart Cities

Edge computing will first be in private 5G deployments where massive amounts of data need low-latency processing, experts say.

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Free Cybersecurity Tools Available to State and Local Governments

Many governments are eligible for no-cost cybersecurity solutions. All they need to do is ask, experts say.

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Detroit Tests Cloud-enabled Pavement Monitoring

In-vehicle sensors collect and analyze data and send it to the cloud where the city can access it as a GIS layer to see road surface ratings.