Cities

Peer Network Spotlight: Nicole Neditch

Posted on by Lauren Dyson in Cities, Oakland, Open Gov

Nicole Neditch (@nneditch) is the Online Engagement Manager for the City of Oakland. Nicole has been a key player in making Oakland a leading city in the civic hacking movement. She’s driving collaboration with community groups like OpenOakland that bring …

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Help Us Procure Procurement Policies

Posted on by Ryan Driscoll in Cities, Gov2.0, News, Procurement

If you’re a government official with knowledge about your local gov’s procurement process or data, we want to hear from you — please take 10 minutes to fill out our Local Gov Procurement Survey. With nearly 60 percent of senior-level …

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If these walls could talk: The case for open housing data

Posted on by Jack Madans in Cities, News

With an average of 36 million Americans changing homes every year, we’re a country constantly on the move. But too often there’s more than meets the eye at an open house. Broken plumbing, faulty heat, pests, or absentee landlords are …

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How the Houston Hackathon Happened

Posted on by Jeff Reichman in Brigade, Cities, Civic Hacking, Guest Post, Hackathon, News

This post is co-authored by Bruce Haupt, Performance Improvement Director for the City of Houston, and Jeff Reichman, Principal at January Advisors. View the original post here. This is the story of how we planned and pulled off the first …

Spotlight: Bruce Haupt, City of Houston

Posted on by Lauren Dyson in Cities, Commentary, Public service

Bruce Haupt (@brucehaupt) is the Director of Performance Improvement for the City of Houston. He also recently co-organized the city’s first hackathon for the National Day of Civic Hacking— a resounding success with nearly 300 participants, 215 datasets, and 26 …

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What I Learned at the Summit

Posted on by Kevin Roden in Cities, Guest Post, News, Summit

Kevin Roden serves District One on the Denton City Council. The belief that the citizens of Denton, Texas are our city’s greatest, yet most underutilized asset compelled me to run for City Council a little over two years ago. Convinced …

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The Future of Municipal Broadband [Watch]

Posted on by Lauren Dyson in Cities, News

Is broadband connectivity a public utility? Getting an education, finding a job, accessing high quality healthcare: increasingly, high speed internet access is a prerequisite to full participation in many aspects of modern life. And yet, a confluence of telecommunications policy …

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Municipal Code[rs]

Posted on by Lauren Dyson in #meta, Cities

We’re six weeks into our beta launch of the Peer Network, CfA’s membership-based community of innovators who work in local government. So far, representatives from 42 cities and counties are helping us to pilot the new program. Who are these …

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Spotlight: Greg Hermann, City of Carlsbad

Posted on by Jack Madans in Cities, News

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Greg Hermann’s official title at the City of Carlsbad is Senior Management Analyst, but his City business card identifies him as “head nerd.” Here’s what he does, in his words: I work in the City Manager’s Office and help support …

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Towards a Procurement Strategy

Posted on by Abhi Nemani in CfA Staff, Cities, Commentary, News

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What enables innovation? This is an oft-asked question. Some argue it’s the aggregation of divergent viewpoints, or the density of the creative class; others say it’s the proximity to academia or industry. A less common, but no less important question …

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