Pittsburgh, PA collaborates with local groups on Data Justice for Pittsburgh's Black Neighborhoods
Pittsburgh and the Black Equity Coalition (BEC) received funds from the de Beaumont Foundation to address health inequities. Community leaders are prepared for discussions about inequities created by poor data governance through data literacy workshops. City officials plan channels for community feedback into departmental use of data related to Pittsburgh's environmental. health, and housing policies. The project's goal is the creation of data systems unencumbered by structural racism.
Baltimore, MD creates new paths to employment for squeegee workers with its Squeegee Collaborative
Baltimore's collaboration with community and business groups seeks an empathetic response to squeegee workers. The city maintains a heat map of squeegeeing incidents based on police calls and outreach efforts. Young workers are shifted toward job readiness programs, continuing education, and recreation programs. Navigators work with service providers on comprehensive services for workers ranging from mentoring to mental health treatment.
Chicago, IL DiverseTech apprenticeship initiative creates talent pipeline for city IT roles
Chicago is working with the University of Illinois and SDI Presence to select a 25-member cohort. Project leaders will recruit community college students from underrepresented communities for the program. Apprentices spend 15 months on a combination of hands-on work experiences, mentoring, and classroom learning. The DiverseTech curriculum responds to IT challenges facing Chicago with apprentices prepared for cybersecurity and digital services roles in city departments.
Latrobe, VIC and Swinburne University of Technology partner on Advanced Air Mobility trials
Researchers from the university's AIR Hub will take the lead on experiments with sustainable propulsion systems. An AIR Hub drone will be converted from battery power to hydrogen fuel cells for performance comparisons. City officials support additional research into traffic control, cargo management, and certification needs at the Latrobe Aerospace Technology Precinct. This collaboration creates new economic opportunities for Latrobe by staying ahead of aviation innovations.
Westminster City Council, GB addresses delivery vehicle emissions with micro-hub pilot
City officials and the Cross River Partnership selected Delivery Mates as the operator for this six-month trial. A 750-square-foot hub in an underused section of a Cumberland Street parking lot accepts parcels from an electric delivery truck. An estimated 2,000 daily deliveries to local addresses are carried out by staff on e-cargo bikes. Project leaders will evaluate the hub's impacts on air quality and congestion throughout the pilot.
Westminster City Council, GB
San Francisco, CA conducts Direct Cash Transfer trial for support of homeless young adults
UpTogether manages unconditional cash payments of $1,500 per month to 45 participants. Eligible residents are aged 18 to 24 years old and currently experiencing homelessness. Larkin Street Youth Services connects DCT recipients with education, housing, and case management services. The city's Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and Google provided $4.5 million for the two-year pilot in hopes of reducing chronic homelessness among young adults.
San Francisco, CA
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, GB prepares for its energy future with Hydrogen Training Academy
The first-in-the-UK program partners with regional universities on practical experiences for hydrogen industry workers. The training program includes courses on hydrogen safety and technologies along with a post-graduate certificate. The University of Birmingham helps vocational educators lead courses through the KnowHy platform. Industry professionals gain hands-on experience during training sessions at the H2 Gas Safe Lab and the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Skills Lab.
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, GB
New York, NY partners with local organizations on data-driven relief after major flooding events
The $1.1 million program uses sensor data, satellite imagery, and social media analysis for targeted financial assistance to flood victims. Project partner Center for NYC Neighborhoods (CNYCN) receives an automated payment when a certain percentage of a neighborhood is impacted by flooding. This payment opens an application process through CNYCN for affected households earning up to 165% of the area median income. Successful applicants receive up to $15,000 within days of approval.
New York, NY
Miami-Dade County, FL proposes Innovation Authority for real-world partnerships with tech startups
The planned Innovation Authority begins with $3 million each from the county, the Knight Foundation, and a private donor. Participating startups receive seed funding for pilots with county departments. These collaborations pursue new approaches to transit, housing, public health, and other areas of public life. County officials anticipate an influx of private investment in tested solutions, thus expanding successful pilots and strengthening the local economy.
Miami-Dade County, FL
Detroit, MI Jump Start program collaborates with local organizations on workforce development
Jump Start focuses on recruiting and training residents who have been unemployed for at least six months. City officials recruited 18 In Detroit Organizations (IDOs) with at least two years of experience assisting unemployed residents. The program looked at organizational capacity and location, thus ensuring services across seven council districts. IDOs receive up to $8,800 per participant for successfully completing four benchmarks ranging from literacy skills to occupational training.
Birmingham City Council, GB powers data-driven decarbonization efforts with Project 3D hub
City officials and the Centre for Sustainable Energy developed an online hub for public data related to the environment. Hub users find datasets about topics including vehicle registrations, building emissions, and live energy usage. Birmingham City Council uses the Project 3D platform when deciding on projects related to zero-carbon construction, building retrofits, and equitable transit. A funding competition selected seven groups to turn Project 3D data into community projects.
Birmingham City Council, GB
Milton Keynes Council, GB trials applications of drone technology for public and private services
Milton Keynes, Cranfield University, and Westcott DronePort are testing drone collaboration with autonomous vehicles and human-led services. Drones will conduct building inspections and traffic monitoring tasks typically completed by council staff. The pilot tests better methods for keeping packages away from thieves and delivering medical supplies in emergency situations. Council officials received £1 million in national funds for pilot development.
Milton Keynes Council, GB