county & local news
State and local Democratic officials launch coronavirus policy tracker
More than 180 mayors, county commissioners and state legislators, in a group called the NewDEAL, are sharing ideas and policies in a new database.
5 ways maps can help communities respond to COVID-19
Commentary: Esri’s chief medical officer, Dr. Este Geraghty, says maps can aid decision-making and communication for pandemic response.
Financially stressed by outbreak, fire departments foray into digital
As one of the slowest industries to adopt new technology, fire departments are now trying new apps and services, chiefs say, as the pandemic stretches resources thin.
New maps show Los Angeles residents where to find food during pandemic
After a shelter-in-place emergency order last week, a new website from LA Controller Ron Galperin is designed to help people find supermarkets, farmers markets and meal distribution centers.
States spend big on remote-working tech, brace for unemployment
As unemployment claims spike, some governments' systems struggle to keep pace with the heightened load.
FirstNet Authority promotes interim director after 18-month search
Edward Parkinson, who's led the FirstNet leadership as interim CEO and director since 2018, has been promoted to serve in the role full-time.
For accurate census counts, local data may be the answer
Surveys that collect local sentiment to explain fear or apathy surrounding the count are helping communities ensure they get full federal funding.
Prisons seek tools, guidance for coronavirus response
After an advisory in Texas tipped off facilities to the growing health crisis, many administrators realized they weren't sure how to manage their new tasks.
Amid coronavirus scare, ransomware targets public health agency in Illinois
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has retreated to social media to update its public about the ongoing pandemic after an attack with a new variety of ransomware.
States, local governments ask for 'large-scale' rural internet funding
A letter asking Congress for new broadband support comes after the FCC announced plans to offer billions in incentives to companies that free up wireless spectrum for rural access.