Boulder County, CO Young Leaders Academy boosts youth entrepreneurship and job prospects
The six-month academy was designed to counter educational and career disruptions caused by COVID-19. Eligible participants were aged 16 to 24 and identified as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. Students completed six weeks of skill-building workshops with $500 incentives for attending 80% of sessions. Participants selected from paid internship, certification, or high school equivalency diploma tracks. Boulder County used federal ARPA funds to recruit partners and pay $6,000 stipends.
Boulder County, CO
Greater London Authority, GB seeks student suggestions for Croydon during Minecraft challenge
The Design Future London challenge asks participants aged 5 to 24 for design ideas for downtown Croydon. Participants explore the London Minecraft World and build their sustainable design ideas. Completed entries include two-minute videos of young designers sharing how their ideas fall within design themes like high streets for all and sustainable transport. A June 2023 event includes finalist presentations and an awards ceremony.
Greater London Authority, GB
Philadelphia, PA Workforce Diversity Dashboard shows trends in employee ethnicity, gender, and race
The Municipal Workforce tab compares monthly demographic data for public employees compared to city residents. A Senior Leadership section digs deeper into these comparisons for the Mayor's Cabinet and department heads. Dashboard users learn more about salary disparities by race in the Salary tab. Additional features include a map of employees by ZIP code and a year-to-year demographic analysis back to Fiscal Year 2019.
Cohoes, NY generates clean energy for city operations with its floating solar array project
Cohoes sought a way to reduce its $660,000 annual electrical bill and meet green energy goals. The solar array will cover a 10-acre reservoir at the Cohoes Water Filtration Plant. Estimated annual output of 4.1 million megawatts will supply all of the energy needed by city departments. Local officials anticipate surplus energy usage by the school district and the public library. The city funded the project with a U.S. Department of Energy grant and savings from streetlight upgrades.
West Lothian Council, GB monitors environmental issues in council homes with smart sensor pilot
Local officials installed climate sensors in 100 council homes for the pilot. The sensors gather real-time data on temperature, humidity, and other environmental metrics. Participating tenants receive text messages when sensors detect the early signs of dampness and condensation. This system ensures quick repairs necessary to prevent long-term health problems. West Lothian Council will use pilot data when budgeting council home upgrades in the future.
West Lothian Council, GB
Moyne, VIC explores the intricacies of road maintenance and repair projects on new dashboard
The dashboard features a "Whose road is it?" section explaining local and state responsibilities for shire roads. A reporting tool seeks community feedback on potholes, cracked pavement, and other roadwork issues. There is an interactive map for the council's road renewal and resealing program. Each pinpoint opens a project profile with a timeline, type of work, and photos. Moyne residents also find a list of future road closures and an explainer about works within road reserves.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, GB purchases autonomous shuttle for real-world testing
Council officials acquired an Aurrigo Auto-Shuttle for an 18-month pilot on local roads. The 10-seat, all-electric shuttle uses onboard sensors for safe operation in traffic. The trial started with free trips for locals on a one-mile route starting from the National Exhibition Centre. Solihull later tested the Auto-Shuttle on a route around Birmingham Airport. The council plans two fixed routes served by autonomous vehicles and overseen by a regional Remote Monitoring Teleoperation facility.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, GB
Boston, MA seeks reductions in car traffic and emissions through employee transit incentive package
City employees previously received discounted bikeshare memberships and monthly transit passes. The new package covers 65% of the cost of an MBTA pass for Boston's 18,000 employees. This initiative also issues free Bluebikes memberships typically priced at $119 per year. Transit incentives bring active transit in parity with car-centric incentives like free garage parking. Boston anticipates increased employee satisfaction and retention through affordable transit options.
Shelby County, TN addresses common obstacle to court date attendance with free bus pass pilot
Shelby County Pretrial Services found that defendants often struggled with reliable transportation to court, thus contributing to warrants and jail time. The county approved the distribution of 200 free day passes to defendants with upcoming hearings. A $400 cost for transit passes is expected to be far exceeded by positive impacts on defendants and the court system. This pilot follows a successful trial of text reminders about upcoming court dates extended in late 2022.
Shelby County, TN
Charlotte, NC introduces home ownership incentive program for corridor revitalization
Charlotte identified six Corridors of Opportunity for commercial rejuvenation and improved access to affordable housing. The House Charlotte Plus initiative offers $50,000 in zero-interest deferred loans for home purchases within these corridors. Eligible buyers earn less than 80% of the area median income and purchase homes valued at up to $315,000. The pilot builds on an existing House Charlotte offering of $30,000, thus supplying up to $80,000 per qualifying buyer.
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
Clark County, NV streamlines air quality permitting process with Online Mineral Processing Tool
Clark County's Department of Environment and Sustainability built an online worksheet for estimating mining emissions. The previous process resulted in inaccurate and inconsistent estimates for the full spectrum of mining equipment deployed across the county. The Online Mineral Processing Tool offers easy-to-use menus and automated calculations for air quality permits. This upgrade reduces staff time, improves the user experience, and maintains consistent standards across all applicants.
Clark County, NV
Philadelphia, PA increases transparency of campaign finance reporting with a new dashboard
Philadelphia built the dashboard in-house after working with an external vendor through 2019. The Campaign Finance Dashboard supports searches for city candidate transactions, debts, and contributions by ZIP code. Additional features include visualizations of filer categories, comparisons of competing candidate finances, and searches for filers by ward. The Office of Innovation and Technology produced a video tutorial and documentation for dashboard use.
New York, NY evaluates the impacts of induction stoves on air quality in affordable housing units
The city's Housing Authority selected 20 units for a 10-month pilot with WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Half of the units received induction stoves as replacements for gas stoves, while the other half acted as the control group. The Out of Gas, In with Justice project monitored NO2 and CO levels for both sets of apartments. All recipients received $500 at the pilot's conclusion and control group participants were eligible for replacement stoves.
New York, NY
Rochford District Council, GB increases ranks of licensed taxi drivers with Earn as you Learn
The pre-pandemic process required the completion of training and testing before drivers earned fares. Earn as you Learn allows drivers to carry passengers and earn fares while completing licensing requirements. This program pairs trainee drivers with experienced mentors and provides ongoing oversight by the council's licensing officers. Trainees must complete Earn as you Learn requirements within nine months of receiving their temporary badges.
Rochford District Council, GB
Vancouver, BC responds to increase in single-room occupancy fires with fire safety pilot
City officials approved a CAD 110,000 pilot following a doubling in SRO fires from 2018 to 2022. The one-year project will build partnerships between the fire department and fire safety peers in 18 SRO buildings. Each fire safety peer works with firefighters on outreach and training fellow residents about fire hazards. The fire safety pilot also calls for annual fire drills, improved escape plans, and ongoing surveys of resident concerns.
Maple Ridge, BC boosts visits to new engagement platform with a drawing and photo contest
Engage Maple Ridge kicked off with a consultation for a new park at Pazarena Place and a community shout-outs feature. Newly registered platform users are entered into a random drawing for a CAD 100 gift card through March 31, 2023. There is also a photo contest seeking user submissions of their favorite people, places, and objects throughout the city. Photographers receiving the most upvotes from community members receive CAD 50 gift cards to their favorite local shops.
Maple Ridge, BC
City of Cape Town, WC attracts innovative minds to public service with Digital Internship Programme
Cape Town recruited 13 recent graduates in STEM, business, and human resources fields from local universities. The Digital Internship Programme pays interns for their work on service delivery improvements over a two-year period. Participants learn about the ins and outs of city operations from experienced mentors and build experience for future employment. The initiative opens a pipeline for new talent as part of Cape Town's 10-year digital transformation effort.
City of Cape Town, WC
Harris County, TX Employ2Empower works with homeless residents on paths to permanent housing
Employ2Empower connects homeless residents to services from Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. and jobs with an hourly rate of $15. Participants receive mentoring from sheriff's deputies while completing tasks like graffiti removal and building repairs. The program identifies the necessary resources for adult education, long-term employment, and stable housing. A six-month pilot of Employ2Empower in Precinct 2 expanded to the entire county with $2.1 million in federal ARPA funding.
Harris County, TX
Thunder Bay, ON Before You Build Guide explains the city's planning and permitting requirements
An 18-page guide provides tips and checklists for five development types including business relocation and accessory building construction. There is a pre-consultation checklist along with explainers about the Building Services and Planning Services divisions. Thunder Bay also developed short videos with considerations for each project type. The Before You Build Guide and a planned online permitting system simplify processes for all parties involved.
Thunder Bay, ON
Powys County Council, GB builds AI-enabled system for expedited Fuel Support Scheme reviews
The council's developers spent a year designing a platform for automated reviews of local applications to the national support program. Applicants meeting all of the scheme's criteria received automatic approvals from the system. Duplicate applications were filtered out by AI, while potentially fraudulent applications were sent for council review. Residents benefitted from an easy-to-use application for £200 payments, while the council saved money on administration costs.
Powys County Council, GB