coronavirus response

Virtual jobs board was key in New Jersey's pandemic response

by • 1 year ago

New Jersey officials said a digital jobs portal stood up at the start of the pandemic enabled key industries to stay afloat while unemployment spiked.

How California managed a flood of phony PPE offers

by • 2 years ago

After early in the pandemic trying to field offers of personal protective equipment using email and spreadsheets, the state soon adopted Salesforce instead.

Broadband task force to draw 'blueprint' for closing digital divide

by • 2 years ago

A group of 24 county officials from around the country will devise a plan to improve the availability of high-speed internet to those who don't have it.

California's new data strategy aims at interconnectivity

by • 2 years ago

California's new data strategy aims to bring relevant data sets from across the state government to agency officials working on problems ranging from homelessness to public health, statewide Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro said.

Sacramento to provide 10,000 households with free internet

by • 2 years ago

The city is working with the United Way and Comcast to provide broadband subscriptions and internet-connected devices to low-income residences.

How Maryland used GIS to build its COVID-19 response website

by • 2 years ago

Julia Fischer, Maryland’s geographic information officer, said many agencies didn't know how powerful GIS could be when the state began building its informational portal in March.

Pennsylvania to pilot Google-Apple contact tracing app next week

by • 2 years ago

Built using the same API jointly released by Google and Apple in May, Pennsylvania officials will test the app first with a wide release slated for next month.

CDOs should be more involved in states' economic recovery, researchers say

by • 2 years ago

A new report out of Georgetown University sketches a guide for state officials to ramp up their use of data as they plan for gigantic budget shortfalls.

Pandemic a 'test-run' for city resiliency, says Philadelphia's smart-city director

by • 2 years ago

Philadelphia smart cities director Emily Yates said cities are now facing critical tests that will reappear as climate change and other future crises emerge.