Projects

Tourism Plan to Discourage Illegal Vacation Homes

TG
Team Govlaunch
Maui County created a 10 year tourism plan with the intention of preventing tourists from renting illegal vacation properties. The county plans to purchase advertising on popular visitor sites to encourage tourists to go to the county website to find legal vacation rentals.
Misc+1
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1
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Net Zero Schools

TG
Team Govlaunch
Lexington, MA will soon be opening net-zero schools that will be powered without fossil fuels. This will improve the town's energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint left behind as part of the town's larger initiative to reduce energy consumption.
Energy Solutions+1
2
1
1

911 System Uses Caller's Camera Lens

LC
Logan County, WV
Logan County upgraded their 911 system to better response time and keep residents safe. The technology allows first responders to look through the camera lens of the 911 caller. First responders can also send callers a link they can open, which will track their exact location.
Emergency Services+1
6
1

Text to Access Government Food Aid

AA
Anchorage, AK
For people struggling to afford food, navigating the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program can be a challenging, time consuming, and intimidating. Citizens in Anchorage can now text "SNAP" and immediately receive the information and assistance that they need.
Citizen Services+1
1

Advanced Modular Housing Developments

LA
Los Angeles, CA
The city is using housing bonds for 3 affordable housing developments including Hope on Alvarado. This 84-unit building will help transition the homeless to homes and is constructed with steel modules that require half the construction time of conventional building projects.
Facilities & Infrastructure+1
2
1

County Online Transparency Portal

MC
Monongalia County, WV
Monongalia became the first county in West Virginia to launch an online transparency portal. County residents can easily see where their tax dollars are going. The portal will improve transparency and residents will be able to hold county officials accountable.
Transparency+2
Project Succeeded
1
3

Online Grant Submission Process

MC
Monongalia County, WV
Monongalia County recently put their grant application process online. Residents can fill out the form online or download the form and subsequently fill it out. The grant application process will be faster both for those applying for grants as well as the county.
Grants Management+1
2
1

Cool Streets LA

LA
Los Angeles, CA
The mayor announced plans to apply reflective coating to 250 lane-miles by 2028. The initiative includes 750 new bus benches with shade by 2020 and 90,000 new trees in 10 neighborhoods by 2025. These efforts are designed to offset temperature extremes that impact public health.
Infrastructure+2
2

Block Tank LA

LA
Los Angeles, CA
The city of Los Angeles created the inaugural Block Tank startup competition to encourage blockchain development. Four companies proposed blockchain innovations in environmental sustainability, online voting platforms, and secure resident IDs.
Blockchain+1
Project Succeeded
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Proposed Homeless Assistance App

LB
Long Beach, CA
The proposed mobile app would provide real-time information on pantries, open beds, and social services for the homeless population, city employees, and residents. In August 2019, the Long Beach city council requested a feasibility study for the app by the city manager's office.
Citizen Services+1
2

Digital Inclusion Week

LB
Long Beach, CA
The city used community engagement via in-person events and social media to highlight Internet connectivity resources from October 7th to 11th. This week was part of the city's Digital Inclusion Initiative to identify and remedy gaps in connectivity.
Citizen Engagement+1
Project Succeeded
1
2

Upgraded Election Technology

HC
Humboldt County, CA
County supervisors approved $900,000 in new voting technology from Hart InterCivic starting with elections in March 2020. The updated system includes high-speed ballot scanners and can be adapted for multiple electoral formats including ranked-choice voting.
Election Security+1
1
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STiR 2020: Transit Visual Information System

SF
San Francisco, CA
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is looking for innovators to create a transit visual information system that streamlines responses to emergency situations. The selected startup will have 16 weeks to produce a real-time mapping system useful to local governments.
Emergency Preparedness+3
2
2

Center for Transparency

MW
Morgantown, WV
Morgantown launched a center to improve transparency of the city. Citizens will easily be able to see a breakdown of the city's finances as well as info about the city's population and demographics. The center will help citizens understand exactly how tax dollars are being spent.
Transparency+1
1
5
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Mobile Parking Payment System

MW
Morgantown, WV
Morgantown launched a mobile parking payment system that utilizes an app. Users can easily pay for parking through the app as well as extend parking time. Generally once a user starts using the app, they will never go back to the traditional way of paying for parking.
Mobile App+1
Project Succeeded
1
5

Kiosk to Bolster Needle Exchange Program

KC
Kanawha County, WV
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department installed a kiosk where citizens can safely dispose of used syringes. The kiosk is completely anonymous and residents can drop the syringes off at any time, any day. The needle exchange program should increase in success due to the kiosk.
Kiosks+2
Project Failed
2
1

Using Mobile Devices to Pay for Parking

CW
Charleston, WV
The City of Charleston released a mobile app where citizens can pay for parking. Parkers can receive a notification when their time is almost up and can even extend their parking time right from the app. The app should help relieve some of the downtown parking congestion.
Mobile Data+1
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Solving Crimes with Shell Casing Analysis

CW
Charleston, WV
The Charleston Police Department is using a computer system to analyze shell casings. The system will take pictures of ballistic evidence and see if there is a match in the system. This will help investigators link cases that used the same gun.
Emergency Services+1
5
1

Syringe Disposal Kiosk

CC
Cabell County, WV
Cabell-Huntington Health Department installed a kiosk where citizens can anonymously dispose of their used syringes. The kiosk is available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additional kiosks may be installed depending on how much the first kiosk is used.
Kiosks+2
Project Succeeded
3

Pooling Ambulance Resources

MC
Monongalia County, WV
Monongalia Health Systems are pooling their ambulatory services with another service to create one cohesive system. The two services are combining their resources and geographic information systems to improve response times and better serve the needs of residents.
Emergency Preparedness+1
5

Waste-to-Fuel Plant

BC
Berkeley County, WV
The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority worked with private companies to launch a recycling plant that turns landfill waste into usable fuel. An estimated 80% of Berkeley County's landfill waste will go to the plant instead of a traditional landfill.
Recycling+2
5

Real-Time Fingerprint Scanner

BC
Berkeley County, WV
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office upgraded their fingerprint scanning equipment. The system will notify law enforcement officials if the fingerprints are readable and properly recorded. Criminal records will be automatically uploaded to the state and FBI records base.
Emergency Services+1
2
1

County Library Mobile App

MC
Marion County, WV
Using the Marion County Public Library just got much easier with the county's mobile library app. The app includes electronic library card use, family linking plans, and other features. Users can digitally check out books and pick them up at the county's bookmobile.
Mobile App+1
3
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Transit Authority Mobile App

KC
Kanawha County, WV
The Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority released a mobile app. Users will be able to see when the next bus arrives at the stop as well as route delays and changes. If residents do not have a smartphone, they can text their bus number to receive updates.
Mobile App+2
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