Cities are getting better at reading between the numbers
Cities have never been more focused on data, and they're using new approaches — from data academies to project-based learning — to ramp up their efforts.
San Antonio is getting serious about data governance
The city adopted a new data governance model in an effort to establish clear, long-term data-sharing and use policies throughout the city.
As pandemic unfolded, local governments turned to projects new and old
Winners of the 2020 LocalSmart awards for IT projects say the pandemic accelerated some efforts, and leaned on the success of others already underway.
San Antonio's civic tech residency program announces new challenges
San Antonio's CivTechSA will host two pitch competitions for K-12 students and college students this year to expand the city's technology workforce.
New software helps government fight COVID-19 vaccine misinformation
New software from Granicus helps state and local agencies measure the efficacy of digital campaigns that encourage residents to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Pandemic showed local IT digital transformation work ‘paid off’
Local IT leaders who won 2020 LocalSmart Awards said the pandemic proved the importance of the work IT offices had been emphasizing for the last decade.
Cities are just getting started with COVID-19 engagement
The health crisis has forced city officials to completely rethink they connect to their constituents, and to start experimenting with new engagement strategies.
Communities close digital divide through racial, socioeconomic analysis
Officials said approaching the digital divide through racial and socioeconomic lenses enables more meaningful and efficient uses of city resources.
How do cities pay for new technology? Not always with money.
Creative partnerships with local startups allow some city innovation offices to fund new pilot projects when they're short on cash.