Hillsboro, OR connects young talent to local busineses through December Works pilot
City officials worked with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce to find internships during the winter holiday for residents aged 18 to 24. These short-term opportunities connected young workers to the local business community. Hillsboro modeled December Works after the existing Hillsboro Works program for summer employment. The popularity of both programs will lead to additional efforts at keeping talent in Hillsboro.
Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown, IE turns resident ideas into pilots through dlrBETA platform
Residents submit small-scale pilot ideas through a basic form on dlrBETA. This form asks for a one-line idea and a brief explanation of what problem is solved by the proposal. Council officials consider each proposal for a pilot of up to six months with ongoing evaluations for long-term feasability. The initial cohort of council-run trials included public bins for pizza boxes and a parklet in Sallynoggin.
Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown, IE
Sydney, NSW fosters neighborhood connectivity during pandemic with Today in your Village
City officials looked for a low-cost, high-impact method of re-engaging residents with their neighborhoods after COVID-19 lockdowns. Sydney's innovation team divided the city into 10 "villages" for hyperlocal messaging. An in-house system for scraping public projects, sales at local shops, and community events was developed over seven weeks. Today in your Village used a Facebook chat to send daily messages with news based on the user's location.
Seattle, WA tackles last-mile vehicle emissions in Uptown with Neighborhood Delivery Hub
Uptown residents order takeout from their favorite restaurants through the Neighborhood Kitchen rather than food delivery services. A parcel locker for major carriers provides secure storage without vehicle idling on residential streets. E-cargo bikes guided by delivery routing software complete the remainder of deliveries without emissions. Seattle and the University of Washington's Urban Freight Lab will track traffic data using the lab's Mobile Unit for Sensing Traffic.
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, GB seeks localized data on air quality with new sensors
Neath Port Talbot are testing IoT solutions to climate challenges as part of its Decarbonisation and Renewable Energy Strategy. Borough leaders and Welsh firm Vortex IoT plan 70 climate sensors for lightposts throughout Port Talbot. Sensors send real-time temperature and particulate data to a council dashboard on a Vortex IoT wireless network. Air quality data overlayed with traffic and development data identify sources of pollutants for neighborhood-level interventions.
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, GB
Missoula, MT mobile crisis response initiative sends mental health professionals not police officers
The City of Missoula launched a mobile crisis response initiative which sends specialized units of mental health professionals instead of police officers on emergency mental health calls. The pilot is looking to address gaps in the process such as having a place to take a patient who needs a stable place to recuperate. Additionally, the mobile crisis response crew's shift ends at 8 p.m. which means there are no alternatives to police officers in the evenings.
Lancaster City Council, GB trials kitchen waste collection service in Heysham
The pilot offers free weekly collection of food waste to 1,000 participants in three areas of the town. Each household received a starter kit with a curbside bin, kitchen caddy, and compostable bags. Lancashire County Council collects and composts the waste rather than send it to landfills. City and county leaders developed the pilot in anticipation of national requirements for food waste diversion.
Lancaster City Council, GB
Lancashire County Council, GB
Bloomington, IN expands home composting pilot with 1,000 Households Who Mulch initiative
City officials seek 1,000 homeowners who commit to composting yard waste during the 2021 autumn season. The two most active neighborhoods are eligible for collection spots served by local company Earthkeepers Compost. Properties with heavy leaf coverage can use an on-demand vacuum truck service to assist with removal. A 2020 pilot featuring 22 households found yard waste mulching reduced storm drain clogs with minimal follow-up by public works vehicles.
Hillsboro, OR models social distancing and active travel with Traffic Playground Pilot Projects
City officials selected Bicentennial Park and Evergreen Park for the summer pilot. Multi-use paths in Bicentennial Park now feature lane markers, a roundabout, and controlled intersections similar to a road. A modified version of the traffic playground was placed on a basketball court at Evergreen Park. Hillsboro selected these parks because they are centrally located, flat, and offered enough space to accommodate a variety of users.
Loimaa, FI invites resident proposals for new projects during participatory budgeting pilot
The city accepted ideas for public events, programs, and purchases during a one-month proposal period. Department heads, the mayor, and council members narrowed these suggestions to finalists voted on by the public. The review process determined if each project could be completed in 2021 within the pilot's budget of 10,000 euros. Loimaa residents aged 12 years or older voted in city libraries or online with top vote recipients splitting the budget.
Coral Springs, FL supports property redevelopment with Economic Incentive Pilot Program
The one-year pilot offers two paths for property owners to bring dilapidated buildings back into use. Applicants to the Building Exterior Improvement Program receive assistance with roof repairs, window upgrades, and restoration projects that attract commercial tenants. The Permit & Impact Fee Grant Program reduces the costs of building permits, connections, and inspections for developers. Each program covers up to half of eligible costs with a $50,000 cap per project.
Coral Springs, FL
Allendale County, SC launched free public Wi-Fi network using donated equipment and CARES Act funds
Allendale County launched a free public Wi-Fi network pilot using equipment donated by private companies. The county installed network hubs at Allendale Elementary School, the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie campus and a local library. Each location is equipped with high-speed Linksys outdoor access points. Funding for these free public Wi-Fi hubs was paid for by the CARES Act through December 2021.
Allendale County, SC