Projects

Wayne County, MI produces podcast separating forensic fact from fiction

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Wayne County, MI
Detroit's Daily Docket is a podcast hosted by four examiners from the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. Episodes cover everything from the day-to-day work of forensic pathology to misrepresentations of the job in popular culture and historical case studies.
Communications+1
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Hampton, VA deployed a solar-powered smart pole system equipped with police surveillance cameras

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Hampton, VA
The city installed 15 solar-powered LED light poles equipped with police surveillance cameras in the Y. H. Thomas Park. This system provides free wi-fi, charging ports, panic buttons, motion activated illumination, and stores enough energy to function without sunlight for 8 days.
Energy Solutions+4
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McAllen, TX launched an app that answers questions about the city through smart speakers

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Mcallen, TX
The city of McAllen launched an app that provides information about city services, facilities, and departments through smart speakers including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The app currently includes a database of over 700 questions and answers from the city's 311 service.
311+2
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Pharr, TX launched a pilot program to provide free internet access for 50 local families

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Pharr, TX
The city partnered with the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and Frontera Consulting to launch the Pharr Life Net program. This pilot provides 50 families with free internet access, bilingual training, and technical support.
Public Private Partnership (PPP)+3
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Charleston, SC launched a monthly public statistic-based meeting to address flooding issues

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Charleston, SC
The city launched "Flood Stat" a monthly public statistic-based meeting to address flooding issues with community input. These meetings are part of the larger "Priority Stat" program designed to foster accountability and transparency regarding the Mayor's priorities for the city.
Transparency+4
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Johnson County, KS sees improved transit ridership with Micro Transit pilot

JC
Johnson County, KS
County residents use the RideKC app to hail a Micro Transit van for on-demand transportation Monday through Saturday. Van fare is the same $1.50 rate as the system's buses. The Johnson County and Wyandotte County routes connect with RideKC fixed transit routes.
Transportation+2
Project Succeeded
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Brevard County, FL used Speak Up Brevard app to encourage community feedback

BC
Brevard County, FL
This app allowed residents to suggest ideas for improved efficiency, cost savings, and initiatives to be voted on by county commissioners. Each idea was approved, rejected, or adjusted by commissioners within 120 days of submission and all ideas were available for public review.
Engagement Platforms+2
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Montreal, QC added centralized traffic control to manage congestion

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MontrÈal, QC
The platform monitors traffic levels across 2,700 intersections to accommodate city-owned vehicles. City officials can change lights to improve movement by public transit, fire, and police vehicles. This system could expand for taxis, rideshares, and delivery trucks.
Road & Traffic Management+2
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Anne Arundel County, MD engages homeless population with the help of volunteer navigators

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Anne Arundel County, MD
The county's annual "Homeless Resource Day" recruits local residents to guide homeless people through available resources. This event provides easy access to resources like government IDs, temporary housing, and haircuts that can be difficult to access without transportation.
Homelessness+3
Project Succeeded
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Baltimore, MD is holding illegal dumping violators accountable through public shaming

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Baltimore, MD
The Mayor of Baltimore launched the CleanStat dashboard as part of an initiative within the "Clean It Up! Campaign". This dashboard holds repeat sanitation offenders accountable by publicly posting the top 10 local businesses most cited for illegal dumping each year.
Waste Management+3
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Howard County, MD Police Department launches a one-year drone pilot program

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Howard County, MD
The Howard County Police Department purchased three drones for $33,800 to test their effectiveness in assisting police during search-and-rescue operations and collecting photographic evidence from crime scenes. Ten police officers have been trained and certified as remote pilots.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)+3
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Muscatine County, Iowa implemented a Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS)

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Muscatine County, IA
The MPDS protocol trains county dispatchers to follow question-and-answer trees that gather information on the nature of an emergency. Caller responses to these questions are delivered to emergency responders en route, reducing data gathering time on location.
Emergency Services+2
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Elko, NV introduced an online police report feature for non-emergency situations

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Elko, NV
The Citizen Online Crime Reporting tool simplifies the reporting process for categories like hit and runs, animal abuse, and phone scams and harassment. City residents are able to print free copies of their reports for consultation if further police investigations are necessary.
Public Safety+2
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Beat the line, pay your license online!

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Clark County, NV
Clark County, NV Uber/Lyft drivers can now pay for their renewals on a mobile device! This is a big step towards transformation from paper saving time and increasing accessibility for our citizens. http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/business-license/Pages/default.aspx
Citizen Services+3

King, CA installed an extensive camera system to reduce youth violence

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King, CA
King was experiencing an uptick in youth violence in the city and in order to combat it the city installed over 100 cameras throughout the city. The camera system would help police identify criminals who were coming in from out of town to commit violent crimes.
Public Safety+2
Project Succeeded
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Trenton, NJ assists homeless youth with the "What I Need" (WIN) app

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Trenton, NJ
The WIN app allows the homeless youth community to access 12 types of services including education, legal assistance, food, and shelter. Users can filter services by age and location. City agencies provide print versions of the app's resources available for those without phones.
Homelessness+3
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Rockford, IL released a new app to help residents navigate winter weather conditions

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Rockford, IL
The "Snow & Ice" mobile app features real-time updates of plowing and salting progress throughout the city. Residents can also consult the app to learn about winter weather emergencies and parking requirements during snow removal.
Mobile App+2
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Beloit, WI is improving fire responses with GPS-based assignments

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Beloit, WI
The town of Beloit along with three other fire departments are using automatic vehicle locator (AVL) systems to assign fire trucks regardless of jurisdiction. Fire chiefs are pitching the systems to neighboring departments in Wisconsin to expand and improve emergency responses.
Emergency Services+1
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West Donegal, PA residents can activate emergency notifications with just one text

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West Donegal, PA
The township emergency notification system is activated by texting "YES" to the designated phone number. Participants receive weather warnings and law enforcement alerts from the township via text. Officials selected this system due to its affordability and simplicity.
Emergency Preparedness+4
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Topeka, KS launches free Wi-Fi and real-time tracking for city buses

TK
Topeka, KS
Topeka Metro added Wi-Fi to its 26-bus fleet to improve the commuting experience. The city's DoubleMap app allows riders to locate buses throughout the city. The city is planning for this new system to provide arrival times at specific stops via text message or phone call.
Wi-Fi+3
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Champaign, IL uses anonymous tip rewards to reduce criminal gun use

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Champaign, IL
The Illegal Gun Bounty Reward Program uses rewards up to $1,000 from anonymous tipsters to locate guns obtained illegally or used in crimes. The city's police department works with Champaign County Community Coalition to fund the program and maintain tipster anonymity.
Public Safety+1
Project Succeeded
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Beverly, MA developed a comprehensive curbside composting program

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Beverly, MA
Beverly has a city wide curbside composting program where residents can put out a garbage bin full of compost each week. Residents only have to pay $35 every six months to participate in the program and there is no need to start the composting themselves.
Recycling+2
Project Succeeded
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Cypress, CA has a management plan to deal with an increased presence of coyotes

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Cypress, CA
Cypress adopted a coyote management plan to reshape the behavior of local coyotes. Residents can report the coyote interaction on a web app or via phone call and can see a map of the data. The city and researchers plan to use the data to improve coyote behavior.
Public Safety+3
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Topeka, KS speeds up meter reading with advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) project

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Topeka, KS
The AMI uses radio to communicate water usage information from 57,000 meters to radio-receiving locations. City officials used 27 public buildings to cover 80% of meters in Topeka. The remaining 20% of meters are read by equipment on four newly installed poles.
Utility Billing+4
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